I love fables, and I have always wanted to adapt them to my own style. I like the rich words that fit with this story/poem and give it deep levels of meaning. The best part of how I ended this, I think, it that it is open for different interpretations of the moral or theme based on personal values.
The Grasshopper spent all summer long
Performing for friends her festive song.
When winter wind began to bite,
Not one humble morsel was within sight.
No beetle, no fly, no trifling grub;
Just famished, barren bellies for her to rub.
She wailed to the Ant concerning her mess,
Of encountering her cupboards with so much less
Than what her neighbor claimed for storage.
“Perhaps you can spare some of your forage,”
The Grasshopper invoked a meager handout.
“Just enough to outlast this wintry bout.”
The Ant was disinclined to be so charitable
And impart spare food from his bounteous table.
"You chirped all summer from morning to night;
Am I to nourish you in your blight?”
The Ant ordered his neighbor to go her way
And languish through what she brought to bay.