The Scorpion and the Frog

16 Nov

The Scorpion and the Frog

There was a frog who swam along
The river one fine day
He came upon a scorpion
On the shore in dismay

“What seems to be the trouble?”
The frog asked with some concern
“I need to cross the river!”
The sharp-tip tailed one did yearn

“Would you be so kind and give
A ride upon your back?”
The frog thought, then thought twice, then thrice
And cautiously said back:

“I’m not so sure that would be wise
I fear that you would sting
And I would sink and drown since I’m not
Much for snorkeling

“Don’t be silly!” the scorpion said
“I’d sink along with you!
I can’t swim or breathe submerged
To do so, I’D be through!”

“Hmmm,” the frog thought to himself
“That’s true, you’d drown as well
Ok, I’m always pleased to help
Climb on board for a spell!”

“Thank you!” scorpion said with joy
And creeped upon the back
‘Bout halfway ‘cross the river
The passenger did attack

The tail snapped down and stinger pierced
The frog and he went numb
“Why?” he asked with shock and sank
Surprised at the outcome

“Because,” the scorpion replied
With apathy so cold
“I am a scorpion, it’s in my nature
In my mould”

“But you’ll drown too!” the frog gurgled
As they hit river bed
“It’s what I do, I cannot change”
And soon they both were dead

                             ~Miro

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2 Responses to “The Scorpion and the Frog”

  1. Sue Dreamwalker November 16, 2017 at 1:09 pm #

    Arrgh yes, such are those in life.. It is what they do. A great poem Miro, good to see a post in the reader this evening.
    I hope all is well with you. Sending well wishes
    Sue 🙂

    • Miro November 16, 2017 at 2:46 pm #

      Sue! So great to hear from you. Anthony De Mello once said, “The world is in a mess and all is well.” To paraphrase with rhyme, “All is hell and all is well.” 😀 No matter how severe the storm, we can carry the calm within ourselves if we do the work and walk the path.
      Peace & grace to you sister, much love! ❤

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