No. 1 – Here is my very first Rhyme from the Nose to Tales series. I hope you enjoy it.
To listen to The Owl and the Frog, press the play button below.
The Owl and the Frog
To-whit To-whoo and down swooped the owl all feathers a flutter out on the prowl Mr Frog had not seen that his belly was out and the quick silent owl was ready for a late night take out As she landed nearby much protesting ensued as he asked why it was that he should be her food The owl looked down beak open and ready and said to the frog “I have an empty belly.” "Now I do love a reptile late in the night, it helps me to sleep till at least midnight" The frog thought quick and replied to the owl “I’m not a reptile, I’m a fish, can’t you tell?” The owl stepped back and made a loud splutter and said to the frog, “Yuk, I can’t stand a fish supper!” So she took off and left without our small little frog who quickly went off and camouflaged himself Now two days later and what should occur but this wise old frog was again out much lat-er This time he was sat when behind him he heard the familiar whoosh of an owl as he stirred It was the local brown owl who had come for a feast and this little frog was just up his street He again asked the owl why he would be dinner when there was plenty to choose from out in the river The brown owl replied, “Oh I love a good fish, and you look so tasty I can hardly resist!” The frog then replied, “But I’m in disguise, You see I’m a reptile Just look at my eyes!” “My skin is all gooey and I need a good wash I think in the river the fish have just sploshed.” The wood owl stood tall and looked quite unwell “I am not eating a frog with a smell.” With that he leapt up and flew out of sight the frog smiled wryly and disappeared into the night Now the lesson you see is to think out the box for there will be times you need to be as sharp as the fox To keep you from danger You'll need all your wits so using your skills make sure you commit There's no greater urgency than this moment right now to learn from our frog and use your know-how. by Maurice Randall
A Short Commentary
I still remember writing this in my old house back in South Africa. The owl made such a swooping sound that I felt like she had come right into the room to tell me this story.
This was the start of my rhyming stories and though I lacked the self-confidence to post this back all those years ago, today that is a different story.
The lesson is one that we could all learn more from. To use our abilities in all situations whether it be to get out of danger or be a help to someone.
We have multiple talents and endless abilities in such a wide array of different guises that we can choose to be anything we want.
I know there is plenty that can be said for deception and the ills of using it to alter what is good, but in order to ensure survival when brute force is unavailable, then one needs to use the tools available to them.
Listening to a Magician many years ago they were talking about an experience that allowed them to avoid getting beaten up by a man in the street who had had a little too much to drink. It was dark and the man was highly aggressive.
The magician thought for a moment, and decided that he was no physical match for the drunk man who was of superior physical strength and so resorted to a similar tactic in order to avoid the fight and get home safely.
He asked the drunk man about the wall that he had just finished building and what he thought of it. (The wall did not exist nor was the magician a builder)
In the confusion and the drunk, perplexed by the change in tack from fight to wall admiring, the magician wished him well and wandered off as if it were a normal conversation they had just had. That afforded him enough time to get away safely and avoid any trouble he hadn’t intended on having.
A deeper level to this would also be that the very action of the frog and the magician was that they enable an opportunity for the others to do the right thing and so avoid any of the consequences that go together with doing the wrong thing.
I hope you found it as much fun to read (or hear) as it was for me to create.