Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The Merchant and the Leper 2

Part 2: The Baobab Tree

“Pick all the fruit off the Baobab Tree”
Was the King’s insane decree
“But drop not a leaf to ground
“Or I’ll take your dollar and pound”

The merchant went weeping on his way
His future looked bleak and grey
How could he this task execute?
No one could pick just the fruit!

He met the playful monkey
Who he’d helped a time or three
“Today your kindness will save you,
“Of trees, I know a thing or two.”

Swinging here and there
Was not done with lesser care
Down in no time are the pods
But not a single leaf plods.


  1. It's like what the Bible says about giving; give and it will come back to you, good measure pressed down shaken together, running over will be poured onto your lap.
    The returns are most favorable.

  2. I am really liking this, the rhymes and everything. Is this original?

  3. @ lucci: Yes, you're right, and just wait for the end!

    @ Myne: Thank you. The writing is original. The story is oral tradition from Grannies. I'm glad you like the rhyming and everything. Poetry is my first love, and I've been writing it since '94.

    @ KFC: Yeah, monkey got skills...

  4. Kwame Mensa-Bonsu18 February, 2010

    Impressive! Good to be kind to and respectful towards all sorts...even monkeys.

  5. Finally, the monkey looks good in a story :)

  6. @ KMB: Yes, it is good to be kind and respectful to all the people we meet.

    @ NKA: Yep, monkey always looks bad.


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