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Monday, April 4, 2016

The Dancing Bunnies

Spring is here! Yesterday felt like spring, warm sun and light breezes enveloped my back yard! It was so pleasant after the cold brutal winds we'd had the day before. The air had been scrubbed clean and the only scent was of spruce and pine mixed with the warming earth.

I've been using the image of dancing bunnies for awhile now in my Etsy shop and decided that they were so cute that I would add them to my blog too.  I thought I remembered a poem about dancing bunnies and I found this one by English poet Elizabeth Coatsworth.  This poem happens to be about dancing in the winter, but I know they also dance in the spring, summer and fall, because I've actually seen them!

Dancing Rabbits

We who play under the pines,
We who dance in the snow,
That shines blue in the light of the moon,
Sometimes halt as we go.
Stand with our ears erect,
Our noses testing the air,
To gaze at the golden world,
Behind the window there.

Suns they have in a cave,
And stars each on a tall white stem,
And the thought of fox or night owl,
Seems never to trouble them.
They laugh and they eat and are warm,
Their food seems ready at hand,
While hungry out in the cold
We little rabbits stand.

But they never dance as we dance,
They have not the speed nor grace,
We scorn both the cat and the dog,
Who lie by the fireplace,
We scorn them licking their paws,
Their eyes on an upraised spoon,
We who dance hungry and wild,
Under a winter's moon.

Elizabeth Coatsworth




 


While I've not seen bunnies wearing bows in my backyard, I have seen them jumping, running and playing with each other and with the squirrels. Even though the cute bunnies grow up to be hungry rabbits I still love seeing them and forgive them their transgressions while feasting on my tulips!

Have a lovely week my friends! 
I hope you're enjoying some spring-like weather wherever you are!
~~ Diane ~~

 

14 comments:

  1. Another beautiful post, and the music is always so lovely!

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  2. Oh, I remember reading things by Elizabeth Coatsworth as a kid! Gawd, I haven't thought of her in 50 years. Thanks for the trip down memory lane. And love those bunnies!

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  3. I'm so glad Spring has finally arrived around your neck of the woods. I have a blog friend who just did a post about the SNOW that showed up in April! This picture of the dancing bunnies is darling. It's getting warmer here, and loving the sunshine. This is a delightful poem, and has special hidden meaning behind the poem. May I use it sometime on a post?

    Happy Spring, Diane.

    love, ~Sheri

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    1. Hi Sheri, oh yes there are many lessons that can be pulled from this poem and of course you may use it, there is a link at the bottom of the poem. Actually we had snow today, but thankfully it didn't stick and melted as soon as it touched the ground!

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  4. Such sweet bunnies. We had several of them a couple years ago, but they seemed to have moved out when the beaver moved in last year. I'm not sure what critters we have now, guess it is a wait and see. Enjoy your spring! Winter came back to us today. :)

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  5. Dear Diane I love your dancing bunnies. The poem is just perfect as well. So appropriate for this time of the year. Hope you are enjoying some of spring's gifts. Hugs!

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  6. Aw, what a sweet post! We get a lot of bunnies in our yard. They eat much of my garden but I don't really mind. I fence off what I really want to protect and let them feast off the rest. They are just so darn cute.

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  7. Diane, we just got through another winter storm! LOL! And, there is more coming tomorrow!!! Oh well, you have to keep smiling!
    I love this poem and your bunnies are so cute!
    I have to tell you, mom placed "her" tin on the wood chest, right beside the picture. They look great. I still think it's cute that I found the same image!
    Big Hugs! (I never thought, our stores went live today! I have to check! LOL!)

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  8. Our shops look the same to me. I guess they haven't changed them yet!

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    1. Hi Stacy, my head is spinning from all the changes at Etsy... some things have changed in my shop, and now this whole 'Pattern' thing...

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  9. Hello Diane, I love the poem and the pretty bunny image. I’ve only ever seen one rabbit in our garden and was so excited I wrote a blog post about him! He was the cutest little thing. He nibbled on all my best flowers – but I forgave him and enjoyed his company while he stayed. I do envy you all the wildlife in your garden. Did ‘your’ frogs ever come back?

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    1. Hi Barbara, We had two bunnies that grew up in our back yard last year. I was constantly having to make sure that my cats didn't get them! Still too early to know if any frogs have returned... we actually had snow today!

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  10. This is so sweet! What a nice pick me up. Thank you.

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  11. I've always loved rabbits - they are the most magical and lovely creatures! Adore the bunny picture and poem. Just wonderful! Thank you!

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Thank you for leaving a comment! I do read them all and will try to respond if I'm able. Please know that all comments are appreciated, I love to hear your thoughts on my posts! ~ Diane