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Poem: "Rabbit Season"

This is a Monster House poem for Easter.  (You can read the other Monster House poems on the "Serial Poetry" page of my website.) Sponsors so far: janetmiles, zianuray, kestrels_nest

FULLY FUNDED
Total price = $20
Amount funded = $15
Amount remaining = $5
Verses posted: 8 of 12


Rabbit Season


As I put the finishing touches
on my daughter's surprise,
I happened to glance out the window.

"Honey," I said to my wife, "did you know that
Harvey is hopping around our back yard?"

She dropped the box of cereal on the counter
and ran to the back door, waving madly
at the towering white rabbit.
"Hello!  Hello!   I haven't seen you in so long!"

"Orders, you know," the rabbit said genially
and tucked a lavender egg between the tulips.
"We're not allowed to deliver to households
after the children reach a certain age."
Another egg, striped in green and gold,
went behind a rock.  Then he asked,
"This time you're not going to try
putting a lace bonnet on me, are you?"

"Well," she said sheepishly,
"that was years ago."

"You don't actually have to do that,"
I said.  "We've bought a basket already."
I pointed at the purple plastic prize
sitting on the kitchen table,
filled with jelly beans and Peeps.

The Easter Bunny sneered at me
with three-inch incisors,
lifting a white wicker basket.
Inside it, a dark chocolate rabbit
crouched in a nest of candy grass.
It wiggled its ears against its pink marzipan ribbon,
clucked madly, and laid another candy egg.

"Never mind," I said. "I'll just go ...
take that one over to the neighbors' place."

A firm nod approved my offer.
"We don't go there," said the Easter Bunny.
Atheists, you know -- they don't believe in a one of us."

When I came back,
my wife was hugging her old friend goodbye.
"We'll see you next year!" she called as he hopped away.

We went indoors just in time
to hear girlish giggles from upstairs
and our daughter's eager footsteps on the treads.

"Just wait," my wife said with a nostalgic smile,
"until she finds out what's inside the eggs!"

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eseme From: eseme Date: April 18th, 2011 11:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
My parents had a car named Harvey.

It was a VW Rabbit, in the appropriate color.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: April 19th, 2011 12:15 am (UTC) (Link)

*laugh*

I love it! Thanks for sharing that.
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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: April 19th, 2011 12:47 am (UTC) (Link)

Well...

Fragments only, but my_partner_doug has a fondness for that movie, hence the reference. And I like pookas, along with other tricksters. It stands to reason that there's a relationship among the lagomorphic myths and folklore.
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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: April 19th, 2011 01:23 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Well...

Yay! I'm glad you like this.

>>I love finding out these behind the scenes little bits.<<

Yes, whenever someone spots one of my inspirations or eastereggs in a poem, I usually confirm the connection. I love it when readers are sharp enough to spot things like that.
my_partner_doug From: my_partner_doug Date: April 19th, 2011 02:43 am (UTC) (Link)

Regarding the title...

Duck Season?
kestrels_nest From: kestrels_nest Date: April 26th, 2011 02:44 am (UTC) (Link)

Remind me, please

How to sponsor poetry? I'd like to sponsor the last verses of this, but I don't remember where the link is.

I feel very silly....
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: April 26th, 2011 02:58 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Remind me, please

Thank you! There's a permanent PayPal link on my profile page:
http://ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com/profile
Scroll down, it's in the bio section.
kestrels_nest From: kestrels_nest Date: April 26th, 2011 03:25 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Remind me, please

Thank you! Mission accomplished.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: April 26th, 2011 04:12 am (UTC) (Link)

Done!

The last verses are posted! This poem is now complete. I've listed it with the others in the Monster House series on the "Serial Poetry" page. Thank you for your support.
meeksp From: meeksp Date: April 26th, 2011 06:11 am (UTC) (Link)
What is inside the eggs?
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: April 26th, 2011 06:31 am (UTC) (Link)

Well...

*chuckle* I don't know yet! If enough people latch onto the idea, though, I may try to find out.

The candy ones are filled with yellow-and-white creme, though.
aldersprig From: aldersprig Date: April 26th, 2011 01:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
*giggle* This was fun!!

As always, I approve of the Monster House.

('till the day she died, when all three her grandchildren were in their 20's, my grandmother insisted she believed in "Sanny Clause" and the Easter Bunny).
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: April 26th, 2011 09:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I'm glad you liked this.

>> ('till the day she died, when all three her grandchildren were in their 20's, my grandmother insisted she believed in "Sanny Clause" and the Easter Bunny). <<

Personally, I view them as holiday spirits who can be called upon for specific services. If you're good at channeling Santa Claus, you can figure out what gifts to get for people that they will like -- even if they won't tell you what they want.
je_reviens From: je_reviens Date: October 4th, 2014 04:05 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you!

Ooooo! I must channel him then. Getting and giving the right gift is a particular talent of mine.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: October 4th, 2014 05:51 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you!

I remember that skill of yours, yes.
eseme From: eseme Date: April 26th, 2011 10:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh dear. I am now slightly worried about what is in the eggs. Too much sugar?

Anyway, lots of fun. Always good to see what the family in the Monster House is up to.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: April 27th, 2011 02:14 am (UTC) (Link)

Thoughts

>> I am now slightly worried about what is in the eggs. Too much sugar? <<

Well, some sugar. *ponder* The basket eggs are probably more wholesome candy eggs than anything you'd find in a supermarket though. The ones hidden to be found would be different.

>> Anyway, lots of fun. Always good to see what the family in the Monster House is up to. <<

Yay!
fayanora From: fayanora Date: August 5th, 2011 12:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Until I figured out it was an Easter bunny, I thought it was going to be a... oh darn, now I can't think of the name of it. But there's some monster or something that looks like a giant rabbit. Robert Anton Wilson wrote about it once. But I don't have the relevant book with me.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: August 5th, 2011 06:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yes...

Pooka, hence the Harvey reference.
fayanora From: fayanora Date: August 5th, 2011 10:30 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

Yes, Pooka, that was it. :-)
zianuray From: zianuray Date: March 14th, 2012 02:36 am (UTC) (Link)
I just love Monster House and giggle when I read them :)

I would like to tell you about My House sometime, but don't want to take lots of your time when you're having a fishbowl. Is there somewhere else I should put it, or what? Of course you'd be welcome to use any/all of it as you saw fit!
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 14th, 2012 06:09 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

>>I just love Monster House and giggle when I read them :) <<

Yay! This is always good to hear.

>>I would like to tell you about My House sometime, but don't want to take lots of your time when you're having a fishbowl. Is there somewhere else I should put it, or what? Of course you'd be welcome to use any/all of it as you saw fit!<<

Your best bet is to catch me a week or so after a fishbowl, in a month when I'm not doing a bonus fishbowl in the middle of the month. I'd enjoy hearing about your house. I've gotten ideas from aldersprig and a few other people that way. And of course, some of the Monster House stuff is based on my own house.
je_reviens From: je_reviens Date: October 4th, 2014 04:17 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you!

Oh yes, as someone who has spent the night at your house a coupłe of times... I definitely see some MH that is based on your house.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: October 4th, 2014 05:50 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you!

*laugh* Thanks for the vote of confidence.
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