The Fable of the Boy Who Wanted More

A young boy faithfully took his lunch to school each day, because he knew that without it, he would be hungry. If his parents would have let him, he would have taken much more than he needed, because he always wanted more.

One day, a classmate of his made a deal with him to provide him with a gift if he would part with a portion of his lunch. This boy saw the promise of a gift as a means to acquire more. The next day came, and despite the fact that he had given away part of his lunch, he did not receive the gift. The classmate, however, promised him that the gift would come the next day, and would be even better if the boy once again gave up part of his lunch. This went on, day after day, week after week, until months had gone by.

Eventually, this boy came to realize that his desire to acquire treasures had actually robbed him of what he already had.

when one has greed
soon the need for
more leads to less


Written for dVerse, where Bjorn has us writing haibun.  Haibun are usually a bit of prose, followed by a haiku, but Bjorn asked us to be creative, and gave us license to use other short poetic forms rather than haiku.  I chose to end my poem with a than bauk.


13 thoughts on “The Fable of the Boy Who Wanted More

  1. Bryan, this has the quality and the form of a classic fable (though you used humans instead of animals) summarizing the wisdom in a than bauk is genius – it has the exact terseness needed in a Fable. Excellent idea..

  2. it is true…greed robs us off our life in the end… made me think of the farmer who build farm after farm to store more and more grain instead of enjoying what he had

  3. this is a great truth…in the quest to chase more we can lose what we have…look at the busted marriages…it is what is there…and even those that seem to have it all have lost much of their greatest joy….well played sir.

  4. Bryan, you have spoken truth in this poem. What a person has is much more valuable than what may be promised and never given….causing one to lose even what one has.

    • I honestly debated between using “fable” or “parable”. I settled on fable because of the short poem at the end…seemed more like the way a fable would be written.

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