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''To Bag a Tiger''

I vowed to slay a tiger
but just how I would debate
In time the answer came:
I'd make myself a tiger's bait

I donned a new persona
that of pig despite the shame
Endured the scornful glances
for I played a different game

In time the tiger found me
and his thirst my ruse did whet
Oh how leisurely he stalked me
he assumed I posed no threat

But when the tiger pounced
intent to make of me his meal
I shed my boar's disguise
and there and then I closed the deal

COMMENTARY: Inspired by the following excerpt from Thick Face, Black Heart:

In the ancient Chinese classic The 36 Strategies, Strategy 27 states: "Pretend to be a Pig in Order to Eat the Tiger." According to this concept, when the Asian hunter is ready to hunt the tiger, he will sit and contemplate the easiest way to bag a tiger. The conclusion he reaches is that he will make himself the bait for the tiger. He dresses in a pig's skin and waits in the woods. The tiger will come close, thinking this pig will make a delicious lunch. When the tiger is so close that the hunter cannot miss, he will shoot the tiger.

In Asia, heroes are not judged for their prowess in hunting and shooting tigers, but rather for their strength and ability to endure the humiliation of being pigs....

...If you are willing to do whatever is needed to overcome the strongest opposition--even including yielding and being able, when necessary, to look like a pig--you will win.

Furthermore, you must be able to endure the humiliation that others so willingly impose on you for your apparent failures. A person who can do this is destined to be great.


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Walt's Life Rhyme #460
(To Bag a Tiger)
© Walt F.J. Goodridge
Originally published: 07-21-2006
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