It’s Like Aesop Said (an Election Year Cautionary Tale) Poem by Marius

It’s Like Aesop Said (an Election Year Cautionary Tale)

Oh these silly frogs, all day long they cry

God tossed back His head, annoyed, with a sigh

They pray for a King and don’t want to be free

What shall I do for them, why can’t they see?

A King is a dangerous thing

To have or to be

An idea came to Him then, with a smile

Alright,alright, He shouted down to them, just wait a while

I’ll make you a ‘leader’, let this praying be shushed!

Now get out of the way, or else you’ll be crushed

From the high vaults of heaven, dropped the prodigious log

Crashing into the waters of the little frogs’ bog

It settled, all sturdy, a place in the sun

And the frogs all jumped up to sit, one by one

An evil-eyed pike cruised the shadows and pouted

I can’t get you up there, not at all, he shouted

With a flick of his tail, he swam away fast

The little frogs sighed, safe and happy at last

But quickly grew bored, as little frogs do

Oh this log is no King! It can’t say what to do!

Their cries rose to Heaven and managed to reach

God’s angry ears, and a lesson He’d teach

Oh very well, I will send you a King

One made in Hell, I guess that’s the thing!

Enough of your whining, your foolishness dooms you

Here comes your King, you deserve him to rule you!

A black silhouette blocks the sun and the glade

And the frogs all look up from their place in the shade

An imperious heron, a beak sharp as a blade

Feathered pompadour floating, with tons of pomade

Has come to be King of the frogs