Jack Foley and Mary-Marcia Casoly
RETELLING THE MYTH OF RABBIT*
Mary-Marcia Casoly & Jack
Once Rabbit was
brave to the great open
no doors endurance. Lazy lopsided were his shadows.
He and Eye Walker were great friends.
They talked heart, tree, terra cotta pot and pail.
Rabbit said, Iím thirsty.
Rabbit had a
lifetime he was a rabbi,
In another he
was a robot.
Eye Walker made a
leaf into a gourd.
Rabbit drank it up. Water tasted of snowfall cold
and fresh greens. He didnít say it, but
thought ďwitch.Ē Deer approached stinking
with the scent of blood.
Oh deer, sd Rabbit
What shall I
do with the overhead lamp?
My lupus is
A vulture glided
After some time, Rabbit said, Iím hungry.
Eye Walker turned a stone into a turnip. It tasted
of soul wind beneath pulse. Rabbit
ate it but thought strange.
Eye Walker thought
Of things: no
Rabbit, may you
always have the leap of parabolas!
Walker no sooner spoke, when Rabbit
fell all four seasons, cracked by memory wolves.
Eye Walker applied a salve of spider silk
the color of corn cob, to relieve
his pain and mend
his broken bones.
Dawns leaned forward against the also-rans and stars.
Days later Eye Walker was a woman, misty
and pale. She sought out the strength of angels.
Why has Rabbit gone missing?
Oh, that wascally
hole or another
She found him
trembling beneath a slip of hairflower.
Rabbit yelped Leave me alone!
Eye Walker said, On your behalf I used my power,
provided what you needed, now you refuse me. Meadows
may not weep. Sun sleep through its rise.
Me, said the
To hop is
Rabbit said, I
donít need magic!
He didnít notice the tears his words caused. They were friends
no more. Three times treasures squared. Desolation be
consolation. Eye Walker cursed Rabbit. If your fears donít hear
you will call louder. But because I still care for you,
if you donít worry; there will always be a way out
And a way up and a
And a way
round and around
Youíll weep when
And live if
And live if
Rabbit, if you dare.
by Medicine Cards by Jamie Sams & David Carson