The mule, he takes it, the stick
is but part of the hand
he will not fight it,
His panniers sag from many stops
-a cruel master puts in river rocks
what use, a man might ask
but not the mule.
the reasons are sound,
plain for all to see why the man beats
the mule about his tired back
looks calmly at the ground.
He hits all the harder
-the animal’s indifference
the man believes the tree that breaks
is one that cannot bend