Once there was and once there wasn’t

zalktis

 

Once there was and once there wasn’t, when the sieve was in the straw, when the camel was a town crier and the cock was a barber, when Allah had many creatures but it was a sin to talk too much…

Turkish; from Warren S. Walker and Ahmet E. Uysal, More Tales Alive in Turkey, Lubbock: Texas Tech University Press, 1992, p. 154
Illustration inspired by a tradicional Latvian drawing

 

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