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A Word to the Wise
by John Howard Reid

Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Rated "G" by the Author.
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One of the poems included in my collection of original works, "Anyone For Love?"


A Word to the Wise

My rabbit is never lonely.

She can amuse herself when I'm not home

by eating books, chasing mice,

and strumming my mandolin.

Mind you, she doesn't play with tutor-approved technique.

Instead of paws, she uses nose and teeth

or rubs her back against the strings,

producing melodies like did-did-did

and dee-dee-dee.


Every floor of my house is her playground.

She can jump three feet, but never tries

unless she spies a visitor on her rounds.

Tearing madly about his shoes,

she'll end her show-off spree

by springing gaily to the couch,

where she'll laze back on the cushions

and lap up praise.  


Pocahontas is the name.

Lazing around's her specialty;

stretching out on carpet, rug or settle,

though newspapers are first choice,

deeming a double duty of toilet or bed —

the rabbity acme of enjoyment,

goal of the day.


An ardent fan of Marcel Marceau,

Pocahontas, mistress of mime, can outdo her master

in all important skills

like pre-empting the postman's whistle,

someone's knocking, the phone's ringing,

and isn't it time for lunch?


Never a nag from Pocahontas.

No harsh heavies, sarcastic sayings,

eat-your-heart-out epigrams or risible remarks.

But tread on her paws and she'll growl out,



Otherwise she's content.

What rabbit brain would e’er complain

of fortressed security, sterling service,

six-star comfort?


I once heard of a rabbit who did act up:

Packed her tickets-of-leave, twitched her nose

upon the sea.


But no open-sesames tempt Pocahontas.

No gypsy, she

sure knows her carrots.

John Howard Reid

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Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 4/23/2009
Awww, an wonderful light and spring like lift to this unique piece. An ode to pets everywhere...

Be always safe,
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