Sunday, October 26, 2008

A HAIKU AND TWO PEARLS OF WISDOM

The haiku is mine the story is not.


First the Haiku:
Orange Basketball
At rest in a pumpkin patch
Hidden till Halloween


Now the story: One day a farmer’s donkey fell down a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway; it just wasn’t worth it to retrieve the donkey. He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to pitch dirt into the well. At first, the donkey cried horribly. Then, to everyone’s amazement, he quieted down. A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well. He was astonished at what he saw. With each shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up. As the farmer and his neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and trotted off.
PEARL OF WISDOM NUMBER ONE: We can get out of the deepest wells by shaking off what is dumped on us and taking a step up.
The donkey later came back and bit the daylights out of the farmer who tried to bury him. The gash from the bite got infected, and the farmer eventually died in agony of septic shock.
PEARL OF WISDOM NUMBER TWO: When you do something wrong and try to cover your “donkey,” it always comes back to bite you.

2 comments:

KBlack said...

That's great! I think I may have to use it in my talk in church in a few weeks. Always such great words of wisdom from you. xoxoxox

Runningspider said...

Love the Hiaku! We only found bugs and mushyness in our patch... the pumpkins mysteriously died when DH got carried away with the roundup.... hmmmm
BLW thanks for the COCOA purchase!