#Fable: One good turn #atozchallenge

There once was a curious cat
She loved to explore
She dug the dirt under fences
And peeked through every door

One day in the garden
On a solo mystery tour
She unearthed a tiny lizard
For her hunger pangs, a cure

Pinning him with her paw
She tried to break his tail
‘Please don’t eat me, miss’
She heard the lizard wail

‘If you let me go,’ he said
‘I’ll repay you one day
You won’t regret helping me
If my request you obey’

She looked at him with contempt
But then lifted up her paw
‘I’ve had a change of heart,’ she said
And indoors she did withdraw

Months later on an adventure
She escaped from her home
Talked to strange cats and dogs
While new streets she did roam

Two humans came up to her
And coaxed her with some food
Her instincts said to be wary —
These boys were up to no good

They trapped her and tied her feet
Before she could escape
She mewled and hissed at them
As they wrapped her jaw with tape

They brought a flame to her tail
And laughed at her despair
But before they could do more harm
Two snakes appeared from nowhere

They stuck their fangs into the boys
And watched them crumple to the ground
They struck them again on their arms
The animals winning this round

They helped the cat untie her feet
She freed her mouth of tape
‘Thank you for your help,’ she mewed
‘I’m now in better shape’

‘No need to thank us’ they hissed
‘We were just doing our job
Responding to cries of help
From our cousin, Bob’

T’was then she saw between them
A little lizard in black
He was the same one she knew
Whom she’d spared from attack

‘I told you back then you see’
Said Bob with a smile
‘One good turn deserves another
Even if you use some guile’

(c) Sanch Vee @ Sanch Writes (7 April 2017)


 A fable is a poetic story composed in verse or prose with a moral summed up at the end. It usually uses animals as characters to teach a valuable lesson.

This has been written for the 2017 A to Z Challenge

  1. Jacqui

    April 7, 2017 at 5:16 am

    That was wonderful. I love story poems. This is just delightful.

  2. Karnika Kapoor

    April 7, 2017 at 5:54 am

    Lovely poem with an apt story. Enjoyed reading it.
    Thanks for sharing 🙂
    Best Wishes!

  3. Tina Basu

    April 7, 2017 at 6:02 am

    Finally I know something!!! Beautifully written.

  4. Manisha

    April 7, 2017 at 6:14 am

    Wow! Loved the story. Words are just flowing.

  5. Rajlakshmi

    April 7, 2017 at 8:20 am

    This is a fantastic tale. How effortlessly you write… The flow is smooth and the words just roll out of the tongue. Beautifully formed fable.
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  6. Marquessa

    April 7, 2017 at 9:20 am

    Lovely poem!
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  7. Shailaja Vishwanath

    April 7, 2017 at 11:08 am

    Oh my, this is absolutely perfectly splendid! I love fables and it reminded me of the Panchatantra tales! My daughter would love this one since she’s learning about poetry styles in school at the moment. Will definitely show her this one. And yay, Bob!

  8. Swathi Shenoy

    April 7, 2017 at 11:38 am

    That was wonderful Sanch. Good deed always comes back to save us when we are in trouble.
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  9. Shalini

    April 7, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    I love it. You have done justice ro this poetry form and how. Kudos Sanchie

    Flower power

  10. Sreesha

    April 7, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    It reminded me of the fables I read as a child. Loved the way you’ve written it.

  11. Ramya Abhinand

    April 7, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    Finally a form that I am famailiar with. ! It reminds of my schooling days, when we had such poetry in our syllabus.

  12. Kaddu

    April 7, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    Now this style… I LOVED!
    It’s got so many words, and it rhymes, AND it has a story!
    😀 😛
    How do you manage to write so much poetry though? It is very impressive!
    Happy AtoZing!
    Chicky @ http://www.mysteriouskaddu.com

  13. Ipsita Banerjee

    April 7, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    This is delightful! Loved it!

  14. Nilanjana Bose

    April 7, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    Great take on F!

  15. Shilpa Garg

    April 7, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    Wow! That’s a lovely fable with smoothly flowing words and a great message. Good one, Sanch 🙂

  16. Suzy

    April 7, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    I love poems that tell a story and rhyme. There’s just such a nice rhythm to rhyming poems. Nice one.

  17. Vinodini

    April 7, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    A fable is sure more descriptive and interesting. Enjoyed this one. 🙂

  18. Susanne Matthews

    April 7, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    Excellent poem and story. Find me here. LINK

  19. Geets

    April 8, 2017 at 12:04 am

    Oh my God! That is such a beautiful, lovely fable Sanch!
    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this one!

  20. Soumya

    April 8, 2017 at 12:26 am

    A good deed always deserves another, for sure.

    Loved the story 🙂

  21. Vidya Sury

    April 8, 2017 at 5:20 am

    I really enjoyed reading this, Sanch! What a nice concept!

  22. Shalini R

    April 8, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    Finally! This is something I know of. I have read so many as a child 🙂

  23. Ishieta@Isheeria's

    April 9, 2017 at 12:06 am

    Oh, what a powerful story. Brought a tear to my eye. I hate ppl who try to torture animals in any way. I also believe in doing good… And that God keeps notice!
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  24. Parul Thakur

    April 9, 2017 at 4:07 am

    That one is super. I knew fables have a moral but never that there were animals in a fable. How very cool!

  25. Kalpanaa

    April 9, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    Lovely fable. I was so indignant for the cat. How did you get that fabulous photograph?

    1. Sanch, the writer

      April 9, 2017 at 4:00 pm

      Just via Pixabay — I searched for cat lizard 😛 Thanks for the comment! 🙂

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