Longer Narrative Poems

By Josie Whitehead

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Adapted from Aesop's Fables

By Josie Whitehead

Sun and the Wind (The)

The sun and wind both argued:
     Which was the stronger one?
They both decided to find out,
     Whilst also having fun.

'You see the traveller on that road?'
      Exclaimed the smiling sun.
I’ll quickly prove to you that I
     Am much the stronger one.'

'Oh rubbish!' said the mighty wind.
     'I’ll show you that’s not true.
The one who gets his jacket off
     Is the stronger of we two.'

The sun agreed and said: 'You start.
       Blow with all your might,'
But as the wind blew on the man,
     He did his coat up tight.
The traveller fought the blustery wind
      With all his might and main.

The wind blew stronger with some force,
       But did so quite in vain.

The sun said: 'Now see what you’ve done!
     Your strength has failed, you see.
My quiet persuasion’s what works best.
    Be still and learn from me.'

The sun’s bright face came on the scene.
     Her smile was warm and sweet,
And she shone upon the walking man
     Who loved her gentle heat.

He soon undid the coat he wore -
     And then removed it too.
So the sun said to the powerful wind:
     'There’s a lesson there for you.'

'Aggressiveness will never work:
     It causes fear and dread:
If you require human support,
     Try tolerance instead.'

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