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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By Josie Whitehead

Pride Comes Before a Fall - Heading

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?