Shawqi’s Animal Fables rendered into English

Ahmed Shawqi, known as the “Prince of Poets” is one of the my favorites. In his diwan he features an entire section entitled “Animal Fables” in which he gives poignant lessons through the lives and interactions of animals. Having already translated his poem “The Animals and The Ark,” I was inspired by Prof. Mohamed Fadel’s posting of another of Shawqi’s poems titled “The Fox Came Out One Day” to translate it into English as well.