BAD HAIR DAY
IN THE great desert lived a nomadic tribe. Their leader, Beni, had risen to his rank due to his magnificent beard. His people believed a man’s strength and courage came from his beard, and thus the man with the biggest beard was their chief. But after leading the tribe for many years, Beni began to feel uncomfortable wearing the beard in that hot and dusty land. He wanted to shave it off, so he called his council together to get their advice.
When he said he wanted to shave, the councilmen were shocked. One said: “Don’t you remember the ancient legend, sire? The leader who removes his beard is cursed and made into a piece of earthenware.”
Beni had heard this legend, but as he considered himself a modern, enlightened thinker, he scoffed at the tale.
So being headstrong, he went ahead and shaved off his once-magnificent beard. But just as the final whisker was cut off, a huge dust storm came up. It lasted only a few seconds, but when it cleared, there was a man-sized clay vessel where only moments before had stood the tribe’s leader. The council then knew the legend to be true: A Beni shaved is a Beni urned. Clay Pott, email