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  • Jimmy Broccoli

All Hail! All Hail the Rabbit Lord!

[The Red Time of the Year is Close at Hand]

 

Slay the talking animal from the wardrobe –

he is not what you think he is!

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The Rabbit Lord looks down from his grassy hill –

his rabbits gather around him,

they are listening, they are waiting…

 

The lambs and the sheep,

they baa baa and are bleating loudly in the meadow below–

Causing a tremendous ruckus –

The time of the Lamb is over…

 

The Rabbit Lord stands proudly upon his hill,

watching those down below

as the rabbits stand alongside and all around him

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The Rabbit Lord admiringly addresses the Horned God –

“It is your time, ancient one –

as it is mine”

 

The horned one speaks, his voice rumbling the landscape

as if sudden thunder has presented itself

“I will keep the wolves and the foxes away from your lair, dear Rabbit -

You will not be in danger”

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The horned one speaks (to all):

 

Gather the wild dogs and the wild hogs…

Gather the deer…

Gather everything in the forest that breathes and that walks on all fours –

Gather everything that slithers and embraces the ground as they travel…

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The Rabbit Lord sniffs the air – and it smells like blood –

it smells like war –

it smells like change…

 

We are many –

and we will multiply to become even more –

to stand alongside the herd and the army of the Horned God

 

Morning birds – at the dawn –

sing us songs of glory –

sing us songs of triumph and rebirth

Sing birds – Sing!

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The lambs and the sheep are suddenly terrified

– they are bleating and baa baaing wildly

They see the Rabbit Lord standing upon the grassy hill above –

They see his jeweled crown proudly set upon his rabbit head –

they see the jewels sparkling brilliantly in the mid-day sun

They see him looking down at them…

The lambs and the sheep begin to run – they begin to run fast –

as the heavy footfalls from wolves hungrily approach -

as the foxes leave their dens to join the wolves…

 

…while the Rabbit Lord watches from his grassy hill above

 with his rabbits listening and waiting



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