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Tales from the Stuffed Fabulist
(philosophical / spiritual)

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Once the Angel of Death gave the champagne service a pass.
Once it was claimed God had taken sides in a war between ant colonies.
Once the Apocalypse arrived, but about a half hour late.
Once an ape answered the casting call for a Hollywood blockbuster.
Once a bear attracted quite a following in faith-based wrestling.
Once a beast-within spent a lot of time licking its wounds.
Once a bedbug thought it had found god.
Once somebody failed to clean out the lint trap at the bottom of a black hole.
Once a bubble took itself very seriously.
Once a bullfrog was urged by many to become their guru.
Once a cat read the obituary on its eighth life.
Once a caterpillar reached the edge of a leaf and paused to consider what might lie ahead.
Once a chipmunk looked down when it should have looked up.
Once Church and State hooked up at a singles bar.
Once a corpse in a wildly popular "Bodies Exhibition" had some things to say about the crowd before it.
Once dots chafed at all the efforts made to connect them.
Once an ophthalmologist had some good news and some bad news for a dragonfly.
Once a dung beetle had intimations of immortality.
Once an ephemera, the creature of a day, thought it had all the time in the world.
Once the rich really did manage to squeeze through the eye of a needle.
Once a fatted calf suspected something might be up.
Once Faust sought to renegotiate the fine print.
Once a foxhound began to have second thoughts about chasing the fox.
Once a gazelle found itself in a state of suspended animation.
Once a glutton for life dreamed of swallowing the whole world.
Once a hog grew philosophical.
Once an immortal seriously considered calling it quits.
Once a lab rat had a pre-existing condition.
Once laughter was the only thing that kept a body going.
Once a lemming went online to get a life.
Once a metronome hypnotized itself.
Once reports came in that a misanthrope had been spotted on the outskirts of town.
Once a missing link chose to ignore the scientific evidence.
Once a mole and an owl shared a soul.
Once a glob of mud reflected on its state.
Once "the great god Pan" rolled over and declared, "I'm not dead yet, folks. Not quite."
Once a panda snapped open a fortune cookie and found a message that read "A change for the better which will be made against you."
Once a panther was well aware of the spell it cast over all who came to the zoo.
Once a phoenix considered having itself embalmed.
Once a pig had mixed feelings about the heart valve it was about to donate to an ailing human.
Once a potato thought it heard a voice.
Once Prometheus investigated the merits of canned heat.
Once a rhinoceros noticed it had a bruise.
Once a robot created an artificial human being.
Once a sacred cow worried about its fan base.
Once a salmon broke the surface of the water and kept right on going.
Once a sanctamander cut off its own tail.
Once a scorpion experienced a moment of compassion.
Once the Seven Deadly Sins formed a support group to buck up their spirits.
Once the wisest judges in the land decided to cut Solomon in half.
Once the scales for weighing souls broke under the strain.
Once the Sphinx just got tired of it all.
Once a sunflower lost its bearings during a total eclipse.
Once a tiger came face to face with its stuffed likeness.
Once a tortoise realized its time was drawing nigh.
Once a tree fell in the forest when nobody was around to hear.
Once a warbler couldn't get a song out of its head.
Once a withered tree was having some trouble looking on the brighter side of life.
Once a worm came back from the grave.
Once the Zeitgeist felt a bit confused.

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