There was once a beautiful apple tree,
who refused to shelter even the tiniest bee.
It was a vain and selfish tree,
It would say,”No one is mightier than me!”
“Keep away you thieving monkeys”, it would complain,
When the monkeys would climb it for shelter from rain.
So, all the animals decided never to go near it again.
One day, as it woke up from its slumber,
It was surprised to see a strange climber.
It saw an army of termites, all ready for a fight.
The tree trembled with fear,
and asked them the reason why they were there.
“You do not shelter the birds’ nests,
you sway in the wind and make them fall instead.
You are a selfish creature and as good as dead”, said they.
The tree now fearfully called the birds,
“Help me, I apologize,
I promise I shall shelter you and do my best,
But please save me from these horrible pests.”
The birds came, one and all,
for they could not ignore the plea of the tree forlorn,
From that day onwards it would to every passerby call,
for it had learnt a valuable lesson
That pride goes before a fall!
Poornima Kamath from GS-Lab at Pune, India captures and cherishes some lovely moments in her life in the form of poems, thats one of her hobbies.
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