The Wind and the Sun—Aesop’s Fable

It came to pass that the
Wind and the Sun became
at odds with each other
as to which one was the
most powerful.

One day they made an
agreement that whichever
one of them could make
a traveler remove his cloak
first that one would be
declared the more dominant.

Noticing a young man
walking along a dirt path,
the Wind began to blow.
She blew with great gusts,
that drove the temperature
down…she whirled and
danced the air about but
it only served to make the
man clutch his cloak more
tightly around him.

The Sun then took his turn
and began to gently warm
the cooled air and the winds
calmed and the skies cleared.
The temperature slowly rose and the
man finally stopped and removed
his cloak to have relief from the heat.

The Sun was declared the winner and ever since it has been known that gentle persuasion is better than blustery force.

Bjorn Rudberg instructs us on fables today at dVerse Poets. http://dversepoets.com/2014/02/22/lets-be-fabulists-today/ I like that a person who writes fables is called a fabulist! Make up your own or take a fable and write a poem about it. I always loved Aesop’s Fables when I was a girl…I chose “The Wind and the Sun”.

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  1. Great one and well written!

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  2. I love this fable.. Really good to be able to have a great moral at the end..

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    • I read so many of these fables when growing up…always loved the morals of the story at the end of them. Thanks for a wonderfully fun prompt, Bjorn.

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  3. ah yes…it is… love the morale of this … gentle persuasion is def. the winner if you want someone to “open up”… truedessa wrote about it as well…

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  4. So true 🙂 gentle persuasion is always the winner.

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  5. there is a nice truth in this…i wonder if the wind had taken a different approach wit its abilities instead of using them for force if perhaps he had a chance, you know….

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  6. I am all for gentle persuasion 🙂 lovely poem and fable.. xx Enjoy your Sunday Gayle 🙂 xxx

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  7. I love the moral of the story – gentle persuasion rather than brute force ~ Enjoyed this one Gayle ~

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  8. I remember this fable from long ago in childhood. Well penned:)

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  9. I remember this one from when I was about 8 years of age. Liked it then …like your rendition now:)

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  10. Enjoyed your poem..it seems we both did the same fable..smiling..

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  11. Well written and loved that moral:-)

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  12. Big smile. I love this. Truth in sweet packaging.

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  13. Lovely, Gayle … and thanks for the warming tale … the wind is winning here today, and the snow and the cold. Love the ‘moral’, though … makes me think of what my mom always says: “You get more with honey than vinegar”. Hope you are well. XO ♥

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    • Thank you, Diane…am well and hope you are too. I remembered that fable from my childhood and it always stuck with me. I was happy when I came across the story and retold it in my own words for the prompt. Your Mom was right! xoxo

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