Day 22’s Prompt: Write a fable poem. A fable is a story that conveys a moral, usually told with animal characters.
I’ll admit when I saw this prompt I panicked a little, wondering what I could possibly come up with. However, my mind then wandered to the famous phrase most of you will know of from Microsoft Windows’ font viewer – and a little story and twist to apply to it. Hope you enjoy!
The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over the Lazy Dog
(A Fable in Poetic Form, Based Upon the Famous Pangram)
The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog
But soon comes to a sudden, screeching halt
As he lands on the cold, hard ground,
The fox stands in frozen confusion, but the lazy dog laughs,
‘Well, that’s what you get, you see,
When you waste all your precious letters at once
On a downright rude, poncey show-off jump!’
The fox had nothing to say in response to this,
For it was true that in his careless haste,
He now had no follow-up action,
While the supposedly ‘lazy’ dog
In his seemingly lackadaisical approach,
Was rather, biding his time carefully
And using the alphabet sparingly
Unlike his foolish little fox friend
Who hadn’t looked before he leapt.
The dog had seen many others like him;
The bizarre sight of those boxing wizards,
(Five of them, jumping quickly)
And those daft zebras jumping about too,
(Vexingly so, apparently)
So he didn’t care about the ‘lazy’ label
That had been so rudely applied to him
In the now famous pangrammic arrangement,
As he was the one who knew better
Than to binge all at once on every single letter.
Last year’s poem for Day 22: ‘Star Gazing’
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