The Hunted

The traveller urges his horse on

with wolves at his back.

Suddenly over the howls comes

the merriment of music.

The wolves retreat to find a safer hunt,

the traveller begs for a shelter.

He gets it, and more,

food and wine and the promise of safe passage in the morning.

But with one stipulation.

So the traveller sings away the rest of the night.

In the morning, he is found in the ditch.

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