A sower went out to sow seeds.
Some seeds fell by the wayside, and the birds of the air came and devoured the seeds, so they did not sprout.
Some seeds fell on stony ground where there was not much earth. Those seeds sprouted quickly but the plants had no roots. When the sun grew hot, those plants withered.
Some seeds fell among thorns. The seeds sprouted, but the thorns choked the plants and they could not grow.
But there were some seeds that fell on good ground. The seeds sprouted, the plants grew, and they brought forth abundant fruit.
Inspired by: The New Testament Gospel of Mark.
Notes: This is from Mark 4:3-9. Jesus then explains the parable to his followers. The birds are Satan. The plants in the stony ground are people who hear the word but give up in the face of persecution. The thorns are life's worries and the pursuit of wealth.