Wednesday, May 06, 2009

The Serpent and The Supreme Court Justice, a fable for children

Once upon a time, a supreme court justice was tending his garden.  A serpent appeared between the daisies and the dahlias.  The two stared at each other, the justice waiting for the serpent to plead his case and the serpent expecting a curse.  While they faced each other in silence, a squirrel gobbled the cucumber bush and an owl took a shrieking mouse.

Moral: Crime is chaotic and justice still.

PRUDENCE, n. The mistrust of the mind toward the feet.

17 comments:

TLP said...

A cautionary tale indeed.

Great definition of prudence. Is prudence derived from "prude" ya think?

Tom & Icy said...

Feet walking on water while the head is still on the pillow.

Jamie Dawn said...

Prudence: One who does not forget to include fiber in one's daily diet.

Ariel the Thief said...

Just as Tom said, better go back to bed. :-P

the amoeba said...

PRUDENCE, n. Sanctimonious insects.

Now we know how come the courts have such long backlogs. Nice work.

Nessa said...

Dear Prudence, won't you come out to play
Dear Prudence, greet the brand new day
The sun is up, the sky is blue
It's beautiful and so are you
Dear Prudence won't you come out to play

Dear Prudence open up your eyes
Dear Prudence see the sunny skies
The wind is low the birds will sing
That you are part of everything
Dear Prudence won't you open up your eyes?

Look around round
Look around round round
Look around

Dear Prudence let me see you smile
Dear Prudence like a little child
The clouds will be a daisy chain
So let me see you smile again
Dear Prudence won't you let me see you smile?

Dear Prudence, won't you come out to play
Dear Prudence, greet the brand new day
The sun is up, the sky is blue
It's beautiful and so are you
Dear Prudence won't you come out to play

Jientje said...

Deep thoughts and words of wisdom.

Thank you for visiting and commenting on my blog!! It's so nice to meet you!

Doug said...

TLP, I would hardly demean myself as to speculate.

Icy, that's the best time.

JD, some days it's more prudent to exclude fiber.

Sleep it off, Ariel.

Amoeba, that one took me a spell. Nice work yourself.

Nessa, you're channelling John Lennon and Shayna at once.

Well, of course, Jientje, and welcome. You have the coolest name in blogdom and anyone who can put up with Quilly, I want for a friend as well.

actonbell said...

Nessa named that earworm:)
And Mom, I think it does relate to prude. Women were named Prudence in the hope that they'd be more that way than not, even though it requires two. That's not justice.

cooper said...

Prudence: Hiring a food taster.

Anonymous said...

Doug's Dad says: I don't get it

sauerkraut said...

Prudence... hurdlers have no mistrust of the feet, and miscreants cannot run fast enough.

Prudence: the act of not eating pounds of prunes the night before a long road trip.

Ariel the Thief said...

I meant you Doug.

TLP said...

Prudence: Getting up at 3 AM so that you don't disappoint your east coast Mama.

I'm first for Thursday. And that's that.

Doug said...

Actonbell, you're absolutely right and if I'd had a son, I should have named him Discretion.

Haha, Cooper. Particularly smart if you mainly eat sushi.

And I didn't mean it, Pop.

Sauerkraut's bad enough, SK.

Wish I'd listened, Ariel.

Yeah TLP, I thought about it around 2:45.

pia said...

Doug you just get more and more amazing

Prudence: I can be moderate he said as he sauntered to the buffet table; oh there's more but I'm not really up :)

weirsdo said...

It's very tight and neatly ironic, but I couldn't help imagining the sequel, with the judge chasing fruitlessly after squirrel and owl while the serpent ate an apple and attained godlike wisdom.