fictis jocare nos memenerit fabulis.
—Phaedrus, Fabulae Aesopiarum, I, Prol., 6.*
Chicken Little’s Coop
Hens wanted to ban
powered works of evil man.
Thus the leader’s plan:
after putting locks,
by force, on each chicken’s box,
give keys to the fox.
The hen-houses applaud
their dear leader’s pricey fraud.
Let foxes maraud.