Death and the Old Man

An old man was carrying a load of wood on his shoulders. After a while he was feeling faint, so he sat down by the side of the road. Putting aside his burden, he bitterly called out to Death, summoning Death with the words ‘O Death!’ Death immediately showed up and said to the man, ‘Why have you summoned me?’ The man said, ‘Oh, just to have you help me pick this burden up off the ground!’

The fable shows that everyone clings to life, even if they suffer from affliction and oppression.

Perry Index 60. Photograph by Aaron Kather 2016.

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