The Cricket And The Scorpion

by Duncan Jones

As the cricket hopped along one night she met a scorpion

“I know you.” said the hopper, “You’re the one my parents shun.”

“A shame!" then came the answer, “Yes, alone the time I spend

Each night I sit beneath the stars and hope to meet a friend

Oh I know I look quite vicious, for so often must I fight

But if you venture closer you shall learn that I don't bite!”

So the scorpion reached out a claw to shake the cricket's hand

And then was only silence as they waited in the sand ...

“Now wait a minute!" Cricket said, “You promise to let go?”

I think I've heard of you before, and all have called you foe.”

“A shame!" then came the answer, “Yes, my welcome has worn thinner

Though every night I do invite a different guest to dinner

And of those who have dined with me, not one has yet complained

So I feel as though one side of my encounters has been feigned!”

And the scorpion reached out a claw to shake the cricket's hand

And then was only silence as they waited in the sand ...

“Now wait a minute!” Cricket said, and she played a little tune

What about your tail I see by light of the full moon?”

“A shame!" then came the answer, “Yes, I give so many fear

‘Tis a curse, for I feel full whenever anyone comes near

A deal's a deal and fair is fair, let go? Of course I will!

And you shall see you may trust me when you are standing still!”

So the scorpion reached out a claw to shake the cricket's hand

And then was only silence as they waited in the sand ...

“Now wait a minute!” Cricket said, as one last time she stalled

That's when arrived the bird that her short tune in secret called

Angry Scorpion was snatched up, Cricket followed to the nest

Where Bird and Cricket dined, a team the scorpion never guessed

And as they flew screamed Scorpion, “I thought you, Cricket, but a youth!”

“A shame!” then came the answer, “Aren’t you a fan of half the truth?

I’m sorry it won’t do you good, won’t save you from this crime

But beware of those who stall too long, and those who waste your time!”

And that is the story of the cricket and the scorpion

... and the bird.