A Donkey's Tale

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					A Donkey’s Tale
By Craig Stellpflug ©Copyright 2005 all rights reserved
One fine day a child, a donkey and an old man Rose up very early and a journey began They packed their lunch and started walking down the road And upon the donkey’s back the little child rode But when they passed the parson he began to chide “Why is it upon the donkey the child does ride”? “For the road is long and an old man will soon tire”. “Let the youth walk, it will not hurt him to perspire!” It’s not right to argue with priests in such cases So they took his kind advice and exchanged places So now the old man rode while the child was walking As they went on their way just merrily talking Then they came upon the butcher man in the way “Shouldn’t you both be walking”? He began to say It’s better for your health to get some exercise So they both carried out what the butcher did advise Before long they met the seamstress who did declare “Why are you both walking with a donkey right there”? “He’s a beast of burden, he can carry the load”! So upon the donkey’s back the both of them rode But they came across the mayor who cried aloud “This is abuse”! He said as he gathered a crowd “Donkey’s have rights, you ought to be ashamed”! He said “Furthermore, you should carry that donkey instead”! So they carried the donkey as a bridge they crossed The donkey struggled and over the side was lost The bridge was high and the ravine was deep and wide And at the bottom of it all the donkey died I know this story is really sad but it’s true I tell you this so it doesn’t happen to you Don’t be like the old man or this will come to pass If you try to please everyone you will lose your ass

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Description: A humorous ditty about what happens when you try to please everyone!