One day, a wise man was quizzed:
"What is it about otters that so appeals to you?
They possess not the lion's stature
Nor the donkey's utility."
The man replied, pleased:
"In those things you will not find their value,
But their appeal does lie in features
Covered in obscurity.
For the otter's true beauty
Will not become apparent at one glance,
And the hurried man will struggle
To make the discovery.
It is not in their pelt's quality
By which man may increase his finance,
Nor in their friendship as pets to cuddle
Through an illicit delivery.
Rather, shall I tell you about
Their graceful bodies, moving between land and water?
Or the sharpness of tooth and mind? A splendid being
For the one who ponders.
It does not beseem them to tout,
A shy life and a quiet hunt belongs to the otter.
Thus they are not on the farmer's holding
Nor on the standards of rulers."