JOSIE'S POEMS

Longer Narrative Poems

By Josie Whitehead

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PRIDE COMES BEFORE A FALL

(Based on an Aesop's Fable)

By Josie Whitehead

Pride Comes Before a Fall

A huge oak tree, robust and proud,
       Said to some swaying reeds:
'My strength will see me through all storms.
       I have no other needs.'

The reeds were dancing in the wind,
     With roots deep in the stream:
'You may be large and powerful, 
      But we're stronger than we seem.'

That night a storm attacked them all.
     And how that wind did scream!
It uprooted that almighty tree
     Which fell down in the stream.

The reeds said quietly to the tree:
     'There’s something we all knew.
There may be strength in size and weight,
       But in grace and litheness too.'


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* litheness - the gracefulness of a person or animal that is flexible and supple. lissomeness, suppleness.

This poem is packed with personification, but what is this?  Josie