A huge oak tree, robust and proud,
Said to some swaying reeds:
'My strength will see me through all storms.
I have no other needs.'
The reeds were dancing in the wind,
With roots deep in the stream:
'You may be large and powerful,
But we're stronger than we seem.'
That night a storm attacked them all.
And how that wind did scream!
It uprooted that almighty tree
Which fell down in the stream.
The reeds said quietly to the tree:
'There’s something we all knew.
There may be strength in size and weight,
But in grace and litheness too.'
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How many adjectives have I used to describe the oak tree? And the reeds? Lithe = readily bent and supple; marked by effortless grace. (rather like a ballet dancer).
PRIDE: I believe that to have no pride in what you do in life is also a crime. Telling others, all the time, that you are the best perhaps is not. This will make a good discussion for your class. So, what is the difference between always showing off and taking a pride in your work?