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  Easter Bunny
by Karen Laura-lee-Lee Wilson
Monday, April 14, 2014
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My poem is about rabbits and how their image has been hijacked by consumers to encourage the sale of chocolate rabbits at Easter.


Easter Bunny


In the morning light I spy a tiny brown rabbit

semi-camouflaged in the shade of a  tree.

 It nibbles the surrounding grass and looks so innocuous and so cute but I know better.

 “Shoo shoo” I shout as I dash out of the house

 wave my arms clap my hands and rush towards  the feral rabbit.


The creature retreats in a zig-zag fashion, its white bobtail flashing to thwart my chase.

Other rabbits in all shapes and sizes emerge from secret places and in different directions stampede toward hidden burrows.

 Within seconds they are gone.


Come twilight the rabbits will return in plague proportions to lay waste our land shred our plants and ringbark our trees.

 They are pests. Ask a farmer about the devastation they cause.


Memories return to remind me of a time in early childhood when I loved the Easter Bunny’s annual arrival.

My parents advised it would visit only if I have been good.

 In readiness I would prepare a makeshift nest so it could lay confectionary eggs at the bottom of my bed.


One Easter I lay awake expectantly waiting for a giant rabbit dressed in Beatrix Potter style clothing to stride into my bedroom and reward me with an egg.


 I had been told I had been good that year.


What I saw was a shock – not a rabbit

 but my giggling parents  on tip-toe

 to place a rustling cellophane-covered confectionary egg

in my ‘nest’.  I could smell sherry on their breath.


 They noisily left my room. They had not noticed their little girl’s eyes wide open with surprise, nor see her shedding tears of disillusionment.


The truth is that the Easter Bunny is just another ploy used by parents to cajole their children into being ‘good’.


History tells us Easter Bunnies are but a myth.

 Nowadays children don’t even have to be ‘good’

to receive confectionary Easter eggs, or silver-wrapped effigies of rabbits.


 It’s all about Consumerism and people being conned into becoming  ‘Bunnies’ themselves by wasting money  on such items.


The grim reality is that feral rabbits are pests

and should not  be kept as pets.

 My view is that the only reason for their existence is that they make damned good Rabbit Stew.  





Easter Bunny

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Reviewed by Linda Hill

The Easter bunny is symbolic like Santa Claus. Yes, it causes the parents to tell the children to 'be good' or Santa or the Easter Bunny won't come. People need to see the REAL meaning of both.

Love and blessings,
Reviewed by Budd Nelson
a different kind of write, interesting
Reviewed by Ronald Hull
I tend to agree with you about the consumerism part of your story. A lot of little chicks and baby rabbits become not really pets, but cast-off trash after torture by uncaring greed induced glorification of a religious holiday that has nothing to do with rabbits or eggs.

I disagree that cottontail rabbits are "feral" counterparts of domestic rabbits. These rabbits are wild animals that provide a major food source for wild predators. For hunters, like I was, they made very good food when fried and not necessarily needed to be put in a stew. The only thing disagreeable about wild rabbits are their fleas and and their stink when being cleaned.

Reviewed by Sandie Angel
A very interesting write!! :o) I never ate any rabbits or rabbit stew, but suspect it must taste good. Easter... like Christmas or any other seasonal days such as Halloween is almost always for the children to enjoy. I agree with your disappointment when you saw it was only your parents who had placed the eggs into your basket. That sort of taken all the magic off from Easter from you.

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