Many times now have I extolled to thee my story and its’ message. I have learned intimately through the trial of Death and of Judgment that one must pay heed to their deeds in life. As has been told, no quality nor kin would follow me beyond the mortal realm. Only my Good Deeds, frail as they were, were willing to follow me to Our Lord’s judgment, and ’twas only they that allowed me entry to the Kingdom of Heaven.
I see this sentiment echoed in the fable of the Swallow and her foolish fellow fowls. Long did the Swallow warn against impunity and heedlessness to the dangers of the future. Foolishly, her kin ignored such claims, and heavily did they pay for it. The same can be said of my life. In life, I spent my days concerned with Goods and with Kin, reveling in my successes and my companions. These things were comforts in life, but they weighed down my soul and distracted me from compassion and faith. Look to the moral of the Swallow’s tale, and it is said that the Swallow is a stand in for “holy priests,” whose words should be heeded so as to instruct thee in a righteous life and allow thee entry to Heaven. I did not give thought to these men and their wisdom, and ’twas a difficulty for me. When Death came, I was like the foolish fowl, ensnared in a net that Death laid before me, woven of my own disregard.
Esope’s moral is like my own. Wise words there are in the world, and the men of the cloth will heartily share them with any ear inclined to listen. Do so, lest ye be tempted to a life waylaid by material goods and earthly distractions. Make not my mistake, all ye listeners, and avoid thou the fate of the foolish fowls.