the Fly and the Mouse
by Diane Height
so silly? says the caterpillar to the fly,
and the fly to the mouse, and the mouse to both
of them. What do we have in common, us
three, setting out on this journey in this make
believe world of nonsense? they all said at
are we going? asked the caterpillar.
said the fly, why should anyone respond to
the caterpillar when it cant really speak?
He doesnt know how to talk or read or write.
Where are we going?
you ask? asked the mouse. You can fly
anywhere, so why do you need to be with us?
cant go far, said the fly,
unless Im in something else. And yes
I can fly, but I only live a short time, so
whats the sense of flying if I only live a
said the caterpillar, I only crawl, and not
very fast, so I need transportation also. But
what about you, mouse?
run very fast, but I have to watch out for the
cats. So I still need something to carry me. But
I think I live longer than you two--unless
Im caught by a mouse. Then its
we decided where we are going?
I think we are almost there.
happy voyage, said the caterpillar to the
fly, and the fly to the mouse.
should do this more often and tell others, but
not the cat because the cat would eat me,
said the mouse. I must taste very good
because its eaten others of my kind.
there yet? said all three.
all three said to each other, can tell when
we reach our destination because we dont
know where we are going; and if we dont
know where we are going, how do we know when we
get there? How do others know when they get where
they want to be?
me, said the caterpillar, I
cant speak, read or write, and Im
slow, but I do know when Im crawling around
and around in circles.
me, said the fly, I can fly, and I
dont live long, but I do know when Im
flying around and around in circles because I
fall to the ground.
me, said the mouse, Im fast
because of cats, but I do know when Im
running around and around in circles because I
never escape the cat.
must be there, said the caterpillar, and
the other two said, Yes, we must.
And so they
were. Were here! one of them
said, or was it all three?