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The Shark and the Warthog, a Fable

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"Cousin Shark it is such a delight to see you again.   The splendid palm tree...of course, I too went in search of it.   And lo, I found it!   It is just a short swim up the coast.   I will take you there cousin.   However, it has been a very hard year for me and mine.   Could you possibly hunt for me today?   I'm so very tired after all my tribulations.   If you would just gift me with a small eel or a few scallops -- I will gladly lead you to the splendid palm tree," answered the hammerhead, piously.

"Certainly cousin, I will gladly bring you a big fat eel and a dozen scallops!" replied the shark, swimming giddily away in search of a big fat eel and a nice bed of lazy scallops.  

After the hammerhead had finished his wonderful meal of eel and scallops he asked the shark if he would indulge him and let him take a short nap before setting off in search of the splendid palm tree.   The shark happily agreed and he too fell fast asleep in the warm currents.

The shark dreamed a large, perfect dream of basking in the wonderful glow of the beautiful tiki lights with hermit crabs, gulls and rays marveling at his sleekness.   However, when he awoke his cousin Hammerhead was nowhere in sight.   He was quickly overtaken by anxiety and fear, "Oh cousin how could you desert me, now I will never find the splendid palm tree", he wailed into the crystal clear waters. 

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Forlorn and depleted in spirit, the shark decided to return home and to the comfort of the meeting.   He hadn't swum for more than a piece of a mile when he came upon his cousin, Hammerhead, deep in conversation with a chattering porpoise.   The shark was confused, yet excited that now he would be shown the way to the splendid palm tree.

"Hello cousin, I thought you had abandoned me, I thought I would never find my destiny", exclaimed the shark, looking down his snout at the cheerful porpoise.

"Why are you conversing with this chattering mammal?   They have no seriousness or steadfastness in their nature -- a bunch of clowns is what they are!" said the shark, showing his many teeth.

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"Oh cousin, so glad to see that you have finally awakened.   I was just heading back to wake you", replied Hammerhead, winking a dark eye at the knowing porpoise.  "However, now there is no need, you are here, look up cousin -- there is the special palm tree!" said Hammerhead.  

The shark startled and confused again, looked up.   "No, no that is not the splendid palm tree decorated with beautiful tiki lights,   No, no this cannot be it -- where are the beautiful tiki lights?   Cousin, surely this cannot be it?" said the shark, looking up dejectedly at the very ordinary, yet beautiful palm tree.

"Oh my nervous and doubting little cousin, don't you see, it is early and the bountiful tiki lights have yet to show."   Explained Hammerhead, winking his other dark, outlying eye at the snickering porpoise.

"Are you certain cousin?" asked the shark.

"Oh most definitely," replied Hammerhead. 

"But cousin how can you be so sure?" said the shark, sadly.

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"Cousin, do you doubt me?" asked hammerhead.   "Remember years ago when I was visiting the family and your wonderful mother explained to me and my girl how we, although sharks, were different and would not be welcome at the meeting and remember how your dad teased me about my "hammer" head -- pretending to be driving a nail.   How did I respond cousin?"

"Yes I remember, you laughed it off, then you gave Mom a big hug," said the shark.

"Yes sir, I laughed, but I didn't doubt your dear mother's words.   I was glad to know that I was different.   I never doubted.   Are you doubting me now?" asked Hammerhead, his right dorsal fin resting on the shark's back.

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Kevin is (writing about yourself in the third person (illeism) is a trip) an artist/writer/carpenter and frustrated songwriter living in Johnson City, Texas. His latest frustrating songwriting attempt is titled, "I Touched the Hand That Touched (more...)

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