Painting of a grasshopper begging an ant for food.

The Ant & the Grasshopper (Aesop’s Fables)

The Ant & the Grasshopper is one of Aesop’s most famous fables. I don’t like it. The moral lesson is dangerous, especially in hard times. I’ve written my own fable, A Tale of Two Orangs, to show it from the other side.

Slashes made by an enraged barbarian fabulist.

A long time ago, not so far from here, a grasshopper was hopping about, chirping and singing. An ant passed by, bearing along with great toil an ear of corn he was taking to his nest.

“Why not come and chat with me,” asked the grasshopper, “instead of toiling and moiling your day away?”

“I am collecting food for the winter,” said the ant, “and recommend you do the same.”

“Why bother about winter?” said the grasshopper; “It is summer, and we have plenty of food.” But the ant went on its way and continued its work.

When winter came, the ground was covered with snow. The grasshopper had no food and was hungry. So he went to the ant and asked, “What shall I do? I have no food!”

The ant replied, “You spent the summer frolicking about without a thought for the future, while I toiled to store up this food. You sang and danced, while I worked. I’m afraid you’ll have to go hungry.”

This reminds me of another dark fable about an Eagle and a Fox.

Juan Artola Miranda

I am Juan Artola Miranda, a fabulist living in the Mexican Caribbean. My friends know me by the name of my father's father, but that name grew into something bigger, my writing reaching tens of millions of readers. It was too strong for me to control. Artola Miranda is the name of my mother's mother. It's a better name for a fabulist.

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