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They Discovered their Folly

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A farmer had a

Large expanse of land

On which he planted

Different kinds of crops


He ensured that he

Puts landmark on his

Land to prevent encroachment

By other nigh by


Soon his crop started

Germinating and the entire

Farmland looks beautiful and

Adorable to all passersby


When animals also see

This they were elated

For this site would

Be new feeding source


Place where they could

Be resorting to feed

Themselves with time. Soon

They entered the farmland


Terrestrial animals started eating

The farmers crops destroying

Some of the plantations

Of the farmer


This does not exclude

Birds too they wreck

Havoc on the farmers

Crops and products


He sets traps for

Them, but they were

Cautious and did not

Fall into farmer’s traps


Some of the terrestrial

Animals have made the

Man’s farm their abode

Living in the holes


They dug the land

Made furrows there and

Started living there. Farmer

Started planning for them


Farmer has been tasking

His brain, to know

What he could do

To those worrying animals


The animals that have

Prevented him from reaping

A bounteous harvest in

His works as he hoped

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As he was planning

For them the animals

Also called meeting to

Deliberate on their future


This meeting had in

Attendance birds too for

They are moving near

The harmattan period


During that period farmers

And hunters used to

Set wilderness on fire

Called bush burning


They can prevent this

From happening to them

The terrestrial animals reasoned

When they got to meeting


If they could limit

If not totally stop

How they feed on

The farmers crops


If they could do

This, there would be

More crops on his

Farm yet unharvested


This would prevent him

And others from setting

The place on fire

When the time comes


They would do this

Not because of the

Animals but because of

The farmers products


This opinion of theirs’

Were supported by all

And they all resolved

To temporarily move elsewhere


To protect and preserve

Their dwelling place and

During the new planting

Season they could return


But, birds did not

Follow their line of

Reasoning because they are

Fighting for themselves


They told them that

They had much to

Peck from the trees

In the farmland


And if they should

Move with them to

Another site, they are

The ones who will lose


Grass-cutter raises an objection

To this stating that

Ain’t they afraid of

Fire? Bush ‘ld be burnt


Birds told them that

They are not afraid

Of fire, because immediately

A fire is being set


Set on the wilderness

By anyone, either knowingly

Or not, they would

Fly off except sick ones


Burning of bushes is

To our advantage birds

Say because they would

See every grain on soil


Animals on hearing this

Discovered their folly that

They should not have

Invited birds to meeting


Terrestrial animals try to

Shift base from there

But that could not

Stop farmer from bush burning


When he sets the place

On fire he killed

Some of them those

That were in holes