The Earthen Pot and the Iron Pot By Jean de La Fontaine’s Fables

An iron pot proposed
To an earthen pot a journey.
The latter was opposed,
Expressing the concern he
Had felt about the danger
Of going out a ranger.
He thought the kitchen hearth
The safest place on earth
For one so very brittle.
“For you, who art a kettle,
And have a tougher skin,
There’s nothing to keep you in.”
“I’ll be your bodyguard,”
Replied the iron pot;
“If anything that’s hard
Should threaten you a jot,
Between you I will go,
And save you from the blow.”
This offer him persuaded.
The iron pot paraded
Himself as guard and guide
Close at his cousin’s side.
Now, in their tripod way,
They hobble as they may;
And eke together bolt
At every little jolt,
Which gives the crockery pain;
But presently his comrade hits
So hard, he dashes him to bits,
Before he can complain.
Take care that you associate
With equals only, lest your fate
Between these pots should find its mate.


The Earthen Pot and the Iron Pot – Jean de La Fontaine Fables – Book 5

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