Wednesday, 15 March 2017


The Jackal and the Jaguar

A Jackal and a Jaguar met in a jungle lush –
“I say, dear chap, you’re lost!” Said Jack,
“My Jaguar, friend, you are American,
And come whence great rivers’ waters rush…”

“Tis true,” replied the Jaguar, divesting of his knapsack:
“I am on a walking journey, and the world o’er tread,
From Greece to China, then to Pakistan,
And thence to Chad, to Monaco, Japan, and back.”

“How jolly, and how interesting,” Jack with a twinkle said –
“And what on earth possessed you to go on such a trip?”
Jed Jaguar winked and showed his tan:
“I visit all the places of which, as a cub, I’d read.”

“Well done, my spotted special pal! Let’s have a sip
Of this sweet and special, icy welcome drink…”
And they clinked glasses, cheered and then began
To quaff the drinks non-stop (no, not just a nip).

Poor Jed was soon knocked out cold as ice,
And Jack called jackals all round him.
They feasted on imported meat – from Yucatan,
Delicious! And Jack then made a spotted coat
To wear on feasts and Sundays…

The moral is, my friends (and heed this sage advice):
Stay put at home and read your books, as much as you desire;
And if you travel, then beware of friendly jackals, nice,
For they may not be all they seem, they may conspire
To do ill deeds – so you be careful always!

This post is part of the Outdoor Wednesday meme,
and also part of the Wordless Wednesday meme,
and also part of the ABC Wednesday meme,
and also part of the Poets United meme.


  1. A cautionary tale indeed! it reminds me of the Aesop's Fable telling us to remember that each being has a basic nature that cannot be changed--as in "a leopard cannot change its spots." I hope that Greed and its acquisitions are not the "spots" of humanity.

  2. An amazing story. Very nice

  3. Your fable is very smart, you can't always trust someone by their appearances.

  4. Poor Jaguar! I love the accompanying photo and enjoyed the poem. Thanks.

  5. What a tale... makes me feel sad... the photo's are beautiful , the creatures are even more so .

    Have a nice ABC-day / -week
    ♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc-w-team)

  6. Great photo, and great cautionary tale. It should be added to Aesop's fables!

  7. Oh this is such a powerful story with a significant message. Brilliant!

  8. Sad story with moral. You can do everything you dream of, but always be careful, especially when you travel.

  9. one needs to have wits enough while on globe trotting :)

  10. I soooo luv this fable, instructive, entertaining and very modern

    much love...