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Saturday, April 28, 2007

Dog and Cow

The cow and the dog were talking together saying, “Let us run to see which one of us is faster.”
The dog said to the cow, “Now if we race, I will defeat you.”
The cow said to the dog, “No. We are both equal.”
The dog replied to the cow, “Then let us run to the top of that hill.”
The cow agreed. “All right.”
So they ran, and they ran on and on until the cow tripped and fell to the ground. All of her front teeth were broken off completely.
When the cow fell to the ground, the dog laughed. He laughed and laughed, but the cow was silent. She was crying because she had broken her teeth.
The cow said to the dog, “Do not laugh like that. If you do, your mouth will tear completely open.”
The dog laughed anyway. He laughed a long time. He laughed until as a result truly his mouth tore apart completely.
When the dog tore his mouth, the cow was happy also. She said, “Your mouth tore because I told you earlier to not laugh at me.” The cow was very happy.
As for the dog, he was very angry. He said, “Why did you curse me until my moth tore?” The dog which had earlier laughed at the cow now had an ugly face. He had thought earlier that only the cow was ugly.
The result is that the dog has an ugly torn mouth and the mouth of the cow has no teeth.
This, then, is the word of the cow and the dog. It is finished.


Reprinted with permission of the translator, Jonathan E. Arensen from Mice Are Men (International Museum of Cultures, 1992) copyright by The summer Insstitute of Linguistics, Inc., 1992