Thursday, May 13, 2010


The Two of Us

I had left the party and wandered alone, down to the garden. Following a path where the rhododenrons linked their arms of fuschia overhead, I came to a clearing where the mock orange grew.   
And that’s when I saw him, his cottonball of a tail shining diamond white in the sinking shadows of the Spring night.  
We looked at each other for the longest time, the baby rabbit and I.  His pink nose twitching, his little foot tap-tapping like a card player wondering which card to play next.   The two of us, he so wild, me fairly domesticated, locking eyes in our curiousity and wonder. 
I spoke to him gently but he scampered away, under the border and off into the wood.   
 What would he say to his family about me? 
That I was so strange, far too tall, and too pale? 
Or perhaps, just perhaps, that he recognized something within me - something kindred, something free.  
That he wondered about the bonds that held me in my place. 
That he wondered why I did not follow him.

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The wonderful rabbit painting above is by artist, Amber Alexander.  Along with many other marvelous creatures, he is available in her Etsy shop, HERE.

38 comments:

  1. you always have the most wonderful posts! i've not met a rabbit recently, other that the 2 that were in the road on the way home recently and and braked and swerved, so they could go on breathing! lol...

    Thank you for your blog - it always cheers me.

    :-)

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  2. I'm certain that he sensed a kindred spirit! How I love rabbits! I always see them at dusk, eating the tender grass and clover. I'll never forget the time my Russian Blue kitty carried a baby bunny like a kitten into our house and deposited it at my feet! Your blog is absolutely beautiful - I SO enjoy it...Cassandra ♥

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  3. Amber has captured a unique personality here. (Maybe I shouldn't have said 'captured'.)

    About the sea - Yes, off season is the way to go. I'm with ya.
    Catherine

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  4. You put into word what I feel when I see those little and sometimes big creatures crossing path with me in my garden or out somewhere!
    A few days ago I posted on the animals I love to capture with my camera when they come to visit! Please have a look! (May 6, 2010 Instaed of Friday flowers...)

    Come visit anytime!

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  5. Personification is one of your brilliant skills!

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  6. What an enchanting encounter - and how well your tale was told, as it always is.

    You have profiled this artist before and I keep thinking how my new little grandchild may need one of these pictures. Your post brightened a somewhat gloomy day here in the midwest. Much thanks.

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  7. Perfect post to a sweet sweet painting! Just wondering if you saw my mention of you in my bluebell post on Collage of Life? Have a great day Pamela!
    Jeanne x

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  8. Love the print and the story. I went to her shop. About Digby, I live in tick country and me and my dogs get them all the time. Such a terrible thing for Digby. I've always said I want to go to dog heaven when I die.

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  9. Hi,
    I'm sorry that I haven't left a comment for so long. Too little time :)
    This post is wonderful ! I have sent a mail to the artist asking if I can show some of her work at my blog. I hope that's ok with you ?

    xo
    Anci

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  10. When this beautiful painting popped up in my sidebar I had to come and have a better look. I'm certain he recognized something kindred and intriguing in you, Pamela.

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  11. If you HAD followed him, he might have led you down a rabbit hole, and you know what happened to that other young lady who went down a rabbit hole.

    I love the rabbit in the painting. He looks so dignified and serious. I will use him for my desktop picture for a while if you don't object.

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  12. Hello P&E,

    You have featured this artist before. I love her "pink grapefruit" rabbit! If only we could know a creature's thoughts! Your opening lines are especially poetic.

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  13. Delightful! I've nev er been a rab bitty person. You make me think I might have missed something.

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  14. hi Pam, you have such a talent for painting a perfect scene with your words...I can see why you have such a following :)
    thank you for showing "Blackberry"

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  15. Oh Pamela, First off thank you from the bottom of my heart for becoming a follower and commenting on my GIVEAWAY...Now I have my very own picture of darling Edward to look at and admire every day...He is a treasure...and so is his mum....Your stories are so whimsical and fairy tale delicious...Do you write childrens books?...You could write an Adult Fairy Tale book...compile all these stories in one volume. That would be magical...All the best to you and Edward and thanks so much again..It MEANS SO MUCH TO ME. CYNTHIA

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  16. Amber's rabbit is wonderful!

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  17. Oh you got me at "the arms of fuschia" ~
    What a wonderful time of year to spot little creatures out and about. Just heavenly!
    pve

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  18. When I was a wee girl, we raised rabbits (for fun- not food!) and I "know" that nose twitch, that foot stomp..thanks for the memories!

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  19. Awww! We have lots of critters in our neighborhood...racoons, squirrels, opossums, lots of birds.....but not any bunnies, unless you count our neighbors pet which runs free.

    Sigh....I just love the way you write.

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  20. That is such a beautiful painting. I find that paintings of animals , often don't turn out very well. Even if they are technically correct, it sometimes doesn't work, but this is something else. I must go and check out the Etsy shop. Yet again, such beautiful words, Pamela. XXXX

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  21. That is a most beautiful painting.
    Thanks for the words to go with it.

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  22. his/her friends are skittering about here, too....

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  23. Hi Pamela!

    Of course he senses a kindred spirit!
    How wonderful. :-)

    Thank you so much for entering my book giveaway, good luck!

    All the best,
    Anne

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  24. I would imagine that you would have a kindred spirit with all of natures pure souls! Beautiful painting! Suzie xxx

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  25. oh, that is beautiful...i have just started seeing bunnies in my yard again...love the painting, thanks for sharing...have a wonderful weekend!!!

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  26. what a lovely story and a beuatiful rabbit in the picture!

    I think you know how much I love rabbits!

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  27. What a lovely story and painting. Thanks for sharing these!

    This is the time of year when the little baby critters are out in my neck of the woods. I once played eye-tag with a baby ground squirrel for about fifteen minutes...the little guy popping out of his hole in the ground, seeing me and running back down, and then coming back up to see me again. Over and over. It was charming and moving, "connecting" with this small creature.

    I think somehow the babies aren't old enough to be afraid yet; they're curious, like human babies.

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  28. Your description of the encounter reminds me of a passage from the book "The King of Elfland's Daughter". Magical, as ever.
    Now back to the link to look at those bunnies!

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  29. This painting is adorable...I'm off to check out that etsy shop!

    xo

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  30. Pamela, I'm thinking that if you haven't already, you absolutely must submit your writing to Victoria Magazine. This post is so perfect I don't know what else to say.

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  31. I just love the rabbit. My daughter is very fond of rabbits too.

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  32. What an elegant creature.
    I'm just catching up with blogs after being away, and was so saddened to hear about poor Digby.
    Yes, we do love our animals with a great and pure passion.
    Happy weekend.

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  33. I just love paintings of rabbits, not sure why, though of all animals bunnies are it!!

    Giveaway by Beth Cosner Design is up on my site....come visit!

    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  34. Thanks so much for stopping by to give me much needed encouragement! Too bad you aren't closer. Molly has been feeling quite neglected lately and I'm sure would love Edward's company!

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  35. A truly lovely picture. Wild rabbits and hares are just so wonderful to watch.

    Shirl x

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  36. I love it when there is that moment with a wild creature where you take each other in. A fleeting moment that sticks with you.

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  37. Love it! I'm seriously considering a purchase now...got a thing for the bunnies, I do. Thanks for sharing!

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