the rabbits

says an orange cat
one clear June day
the clover is sweet
do you want to play?

I do says a rabbit
me too! say two
but one little rabbit
from the burrow below
squeaks no!

why not? says the cat
twitching his tail
together we’ll go
where the crisp carrots grow

yes! says a rabbit
oh let’s! say two
but one little rabbit
from the burrow below
squeaks no!

you lie! says the rabbit
we’ll die if we go!
you’ll greet us with teeth
and eat us I know!

don’t go! chirp the sparrows
who agree from the trees
those sharp pointy teeth!
to him you’ll be meat
we know!

but says a rabbit
carrots! say two
we’re so very hungry
what harm could it do?

no harm purrs the cat
I’m no beast of that ilk
my round belly is full
with the farmer’s sweet milk
come go!

up goes a rabbit
close followed by two
at last! grins the cat
no carrots for you!

egad! cry the sparrows
as the cat shakes the brake
sweet tender rabbits
are much better than cake
oh no!

eep! says a rabbit
we’re done! say two
and from way down in the burrow
tucked safely below
one rabbit says
I told you so!

© Sarah Whiteley

With kudos to Existential Poet who put the rabbits in my head… needed to clear them out before I got back to the task at hand.


  1. a good-natured story about rabbits, cats, sparrows, trees and carrots which will tickle a child’s fanatasy in us. simple as it seems but a refined poem indeed, rhythmic and perfect. i like the moral lesson in this, worth thinking.

    conratulations, sarah!



  2. I’m not sure if I need to be putting rabbits into your head! 🙂

    I may not be putting any more critters in your head for a while. My blog’s “existential” nature was questioned, again, though I’ve felt it in the back of my mind for a long time, anyway…

    So I’m seriously considering making some domain name changes that might shake things up a lot, or a little.

    Ok, I’m going back down in my safe burrow!

    But before I depart, I must say, this poem was unexpected, and what a nice surprise it is.



  3. This ‘sparrow’ definitely says oh no! 🙂 This had a great deal of nostalgia for me in a Peter Rabbit kind of way.



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