Not an Aesop’s Fable


Fox:   “Hey, where’s everyone going?   Why are you running?”

BisonA : “Painted red men are chasing us.   You’d better come along.”

Fox:   “To where?   Is there a plan?”

BisonA:   “Come on.  Hurry!”

Fox:   “You’re Bison  . Stop and stand your ground.   They don’t have horses or guns, yet.   Stop behaving like sheep.   The cliff.   Can’t you see it?   You’re going to run off the cliff to your deaths.   Stop!”

BisonC:  “We can’t stop.   We have too much momentum.”

Fox:   “Newton’s Second Law!   We have to apply a force to stop you.”

BisonC:   “It’s too late….”

Fox:   “It takes courage to stand alone.”

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Photo prompt:  copyright Sandra Crook
Word count:  100



When I was a kid I wanted to be an "atomic" scientist. Not anything my mother expected of me. Well, I became a scientist, just not an atomic one.

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14 comments on “Not an Aesop’s Fable
  1. Well written. Could’ve been Aesop.

  2. rgayer55 says:

    I wonder how many humans have willingly been driven over the edge? A very thought provoking piece.

    • Lucy says:

      Thank you so much. I appreciate your comment. I am fascinated with group vs individual behavior.Group behavior reminds me of a “hive mind”. And that’s scary. Hitler took advantage of that. Again, thank you. Luch

  3. Amy Reese says:

    I hope they don’t walk off a cliff! I laughed when I read that. I enjoyed your story.

    • Lucy says:

      Thank you. Well, they are bison– not very bright. Glad you enjoyed it. Personally, I was going to use a wolf instead of a fox and the ending line would have been: “Looks like buffalo steak tonight”. Then I thought that was cruel. Thanks for coming by. Lucy

  4. Dear Lucy,

    I found it amusing that the Fox knew Newton’s law. It does take courage to stand alone. Well done modern fable.



  5. Ah, the old Indian trick of running bison over the cliff. Well done

  6. Nan Falkner says:

    Very, very clever story – Aesop move over – great! Nan 🙂

    • Lucy says:

      Thank you. Since Aesop is dead, I’ll take his place. But I won;t allow the wolf to eat the lambs. Thanks for the nice compliment, Nan. Lucy

  7. Lucy, Good story just like Aesop’s Fables. Native people have been running large animals off cliffs for thousands of years. I think I read where prehistoric men did that with Mammoths. Really a clever way to stock up on meat. They could then dry it to preserve it. Well done. 🙂 —Susan

    • Lucy says:

      Thank you. Running them off cliffs was also a way for the hunter not to get badly injured or killed. You’re right. Great way to stock up on meat. How sad the white man came and almost caused the bison to be extinct. Thank you for the compliment and the info. Lucy

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