We live in a big old fixer-upper house on a hill by a river, with a large yard chock full of clover. Darling wild little cotton-tail bunnies hop and rabbit-trail all over the yard in search of dainty morsels that spring from the grass each morning.
Their white cottony little fluff-ball tails bob up and down as they hop to and fro across the yard. The kids and I all yell “Bunnies!!!” if one of us sees one so we can run to the window to watch them.
They are wild bunnies, so they are woodsy-colored with their variegated brown and gray coats, but their tummies and tails are creamy white and as just as cute as they can possibly be.
Always on the lookout while they eat, they sometimes sit straight up with their ears tall and erect, barely moving.
We had the great good fortune to take care of a baby bunny that our cats were about to have for their supper. We tried to leave it underneath the bush where the mother bunny had left it, but the cats always watched us. For the safety of the baby, we brought it indoors and raised it. In the springtime, it was large enough to release outdoors safely.
We were all very sad to see our little bunny go, but that was where he belonged, and we were glad we could help him get through the winter.
Every now and then, we drive into town in the evening. When we return home and go up the drive, bunnies invariably dash out of the bushes up the long drive-way, scattering in all directions, with their little white tails bobbing up and down in the headlights. We yell “runny bunny!,” and everyone gets terribly excited, adults included.
Since we live out in the outer areas of a small farm town, our place is surrounded by fields of corn, hay and soy beans – a bunny haven. This is what we have fondly (although unofficially) renamed our home – “Bunny Haven.” And, it really is.
Morning dawns for the clear fresh day –
Drowsy bunnies dart out to play.
Mama nibbles in a clover bay;
Cotton-tail nestlings, so blithe and gay,
Tag one another, then dash away.
Afternoon sun in bright array –
In quiet, cool burrows they placidly lay.
Evening’s pale moon draws near to stay –
Joyous little bunnies
Caper, leap, frolicking, play.
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