Here is the fourth in our series of Turkish fables. I have left off the moral of the fable. In general, the meanings are either clear or open to your own interpretation. All of the fables I have submitted come from an anthology of pre-Republic Ottoman literature collected in a book by Epiphanius Wilson. HERE is a link at Google Books.
The Bird-Catcher and the Blackbird
A bird-catcher was setting his snares and a blackbird, flying by, caught sight of him.
"For the love of God, "he said to him, "do tell me what you are building there."
"I am founding a complete city."
The blackbird believed this deceitful answer and alighted on the net. Scarcely had he touched it, before he found himself caught.
When the bird-catcher came, the blackbird said to him, "If this is the way you build your city, you won't attract many inhabitants."