KYRGYZSTAN TRAVEL DIARY – DAY 4 (SONG-KUL LAKE XIV – 3000M HIGH – THE DOG AND THE DONKEY)

by Antonio Gil December. 03, 2016 1252 views

taken by my wife

taken by my wife

taken by my wife

♫♫ Dog and Donkey Story ♫♫

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Donkey, Dog And Master– A Very Gentle Fable

a poem by Raj Arumugam

Come, listen all -

listen to a very gentle fable

Of Donkey, Dog and Man

and the friendship amongst these three

1

Donkey and Dog are loyal servants;

they’ve served the same master

all their lives

It’s night now and

Donkey and Dog sleep

in the courtyard

while Master snores in the house

A thief sneaks in

through the gate

and donkey whispers

as gently as he can:

Hey, dog…There’s an intruder;

Why don’t you bark and let master know?

And the old Dog growls as

quietly as he can:

Why don’t you bray aloud

and raise the alarm?

Hey, but you’re the dog

and you’re man’s best friend,

Donkey whispers in the dark

Man’s best friend, eh?

says Dog.

But is man the dog’s best friend?

I’ve served the master for ages

and now that I’m old he neglects me

and is talking about taking another dog.

I bet he’ll have you skinned alive

when you’re dead!

To the dogs with him!

You bray if you like.

2

Oh I’ve never seen

a more ungrateful being,

Donkey says.

Master is the best

and though he treats us harsh

it’s all for our own good.

But your ingratitude offends me

and for the sake of decency and justice

and for all the values I hold dear

I shall have to do a watchdog’s duty instead.

And with that

the donkey brays aloud

and the cacophony is heard

in all the village

and the thief runs away as quickly as he can;

and the master comes running out with a huge stick

and seeing the donkey braying madly

with no cause but its own stupidity

the master beats the donkey well and proper

till all his own hands ache

and he goes back to bed

And now Dog and Donkey

lie down again together in the courtyard

and Dog says to the quiet Donkey:

Looks like you just found out

how it feels to be man’s best friend!


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Kara Bana 2 years, 10 months ago

It always amazes me that you find the perfect poetry to accompany your pictures, and here about a dog & donkey, no less. :)
Hard working dog no doubt.

2 years, 10 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Kara Bana 2 years, 10 months ago

Lots of research my friend :-)) They use these dogs as cattle protection against the wolves. This a wolf area, and there are many wolves here

2 years, 10 months ago Edited
Gillian Parsons 2 years, 10 months ago

3 and the last are my choice today what a fabulous scroll down.......

2 years, 10 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Gillian Parsons 2 years, 10 months ago

I like the expression "fabulous scroll down". Thank you so much Jill

2 years, 10 months ago Edited
Tomie Poodle 2 years, 10 months ago

Beautiful set ! Les chiens ressemblent aux chiens de traineaux du grand Nord ! ils sont robustes.

2 years, 10 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Tomie Poodle 2 years, 10 months ago

They use this dogs as cattle protection against the wolves. This a wolf area, and there are many wolves here.

2 years, 10 months ago Edited
Marilyn Grimble 2 years, 10 months ago

It's the fable that grabbed me!
I think these people are exceedingly harsh with their animals too.
Mxx

2 years, 10 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Marilyn Grimble 2 years, 10 months ago

Not all of them. :-) They have many dogs here because this is wolf country, and the wolves can sometimes attack the cattle.

2 years, 10 months ago Edited
Tim Rogers 2 years, 10 months ago

My god those mountains are amazing

2 years, 10 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Tim Rogers 2 years, 10 months ago

This was a magical place. Thanks Tim

2 years, 10 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess 2 years, 10 months ago

I'm saddened, when I see people treating animals as if the are merely tools or accessories, deserving nothing more than food & water.......Like people, animals can understand & appreciate love & respect, as do we.
Beautiful series of this majestic countryside, especially when the people & animals are included....
Bravo!

2 years, 10 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Jay Boggess 2 years, 10 months ago

Agree with you Jay. They use many dogs here because this is wolf country, and the wolves can sometimes attack the cattle.

2 years, 10 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess Replied to Antonio Gil 2 years, 10 months ago

I love "working dogs" the most! We had border collies to help us round up the cattle. Those dogs loved to work. They would get so excited when it was time to get to work! We had one that all we had to do was to say: "Shasta, go get the cows", after which she would disappear into the bush and then start barking after she had herded them all into the corral. All we had to do was just close the gate & we had them all in the pen!

2 years, 10 months ago Edited
Ram Ya 2 years, 10 months ago

Beautiful landscape, Antonio. #4 is magical!
Thanks for sharing with all of us :)

2 years, 10 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Ram Ya 2 years, 10 months ago

Thanks for such appreciation my friend.

2 years, 10 months ago Edited
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