The Owl And The Perch

THE OWL AND THE PERCH
 
An Owl found a Perch in a little pool which had almost dried up, and caught him up to eat him.  But the Perch said, "Let me sing you a song first to dance by.  I am a good singer.  If you will carry me along, I will tell you when we reach a spot that is open and clean, so that you can dance there well."  So the Owl picked up the Perch, and started off with him.  By and by they came to a pool of water;  and the Perch said, "Here is a good place.  Brush it off well.  After you have done that, you can dance back and forth four times.  After that, you can eat me.  Lay me down by the side of your path."  So the Owl brushed the place off well, and began dancing back and forth while the Perch sang.  He danced three times; but when he turned the fourth time, the Perch gave a flop and went into the pool.  That is how the Perch outwitted the Owl.