The Louse and the Mosquito

Leapt upon the royal back, And with fierce and fiery sting, Deeply dirked the dozing king.
'Help! A Scorpion! A Snake!' screamed the King, at once awake. 'I've been bitten! Search the bed! Find and strike the creature dead!' When they made a close inspection- The mosquito foiled detection, Hidden in the canopy; But the louse clan could not flee. All were killed without ado. Meanwhile, the mosquito flew, Looking out for further prey, Humming mildly on his way. (BEASTLY TALES from here and there- by Vikram Seth.)

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