The illustration is based on the Ivan Krylov’s fable.
When teammates cannot make their mind as one,
No good will come of what they do;
But what will come instead is wasted time and torture.
Swan, Pike, and Crawfish, with good fortune,
Once joined to pull a loaded cart;
All three got harnessed to perform their part.
They pull with all their might – but gain not one iota!
The load is rather light if they could jointly try –
Yet Swan is reaching for the sky,
Crawfish is moving backwards; Pike, into the water.
Which one is right or wrong – to reckon isn’t fair,
Save for the cart’s still being there.
Original size: 700 x 500 mm. Ink, watercolor paper.