To all the little rabbits out there that don’t believe everything their little rabbit ears hear.
I remember the day I ate my first carrot in Paradise.
Chapter 1 – The Garden
It was on the first day of Spring, nearly 8,000 full moons ago the Garden was completed. It was the culmination of the life’s work of nearly 300 Elder rabbits as a place by which to teach selected young rabbits how to become mature rabbits and eventually Elders like themselves.
And only the young rabbits from the most promising members of the Elder’s family were ever selected.
The Garden was controlled in a perfect manner. It's size was constructed against the various barriers that existed at the north, south, east, and west boundaries. The Garden was fixed in size to prevent growth beyond what was perfect for the young rabbits.
The trees were green but never grew nor died. The sun rose but it never seemed to fall during the day. It just disappeared into the night. The nighttime skies were clear and was gently painted with a pastel of purplish clouds framing a glowing round object. The weather never changed; it was always a perfect 65 rabbit degrees. The wind blew gently in the middle of the day, each day, and lasted only long enough for the rabbits to finish their afternoon nap.
The outdoor nurseries within the Garden were seemingly eternal in breadth, ever creating new browse each morning from the previous days feeding. The nurseries presented their wares like a buffet of culinary rabbit delight. Everything grew above ground and within easy reach. From sweet corn, to broccoli, to the strawberries, every vegetable or fruit was housed in a holster of clover and dandelions. While the nurseries replenished themselves each day, they never grew in size, remaining a fixture of consistency for the young rabbits palatable desires.
The ground remained cool and deeply moist and never once required a drop of rain. The birds sounded perfect, a constant choir of whistles in the day and soft cooing at night. Flowers were in constant bloom and the hummingbirds were slow to eat from each one, ensuring everyone present saw their delicate method of sweet extraction.
But there were no carrots in the Garden.
And 3 at a time, every year, the selected little rabbits were placed into the Garden immediately after birth, without being told anything of their previous existence. The little rabbits just assumed the Garden is where they had always been.
And for the first time, in a day and age when the Elder Rabbits didn’t keep track of the day nor the age, one of the little rabbits died. This is her story.
Chapter 2 – The Elders and the Great Rabbit in the Sky
As was customary on the first morning of the their first day in the Garden, 5 Elders paid each little rabbit a visit to explain life to them.
To a little rabbit, The Elders seemed so tall, so robust in their appearance and speech. The Elders seemed so knowledgeable to the little rabbits as they had all the answers to the first questions these little rabbits were given to ask:
- Why they were here?
- How should they act?
- The meaning of life?
- Their purpose in life?
And with a booming voice and delicate whisker shakes, The Elders spoke of the source of their life, of all their questions and answers, what life was like, and what life expected of them.
“All that is in life, all the answers to all of your questions, and all the beauty you see around you is from The Big Rabbit in the Sky.”
The Elders explained to them that they had been placed here by the Big Rabbit in the Sky as one of His children, crafted from the finest of materials. From their puffy cottontail all the way to the moist nose, the Big Rabbit in the Sky had created a place for His perfection to live. The Elders explained life was really very wonderful…
“My dear little rabbits, think of all the fun you can have! You can eat the lucious food, sleep beneath the wonderful moon, play with one another in the finest of weather, and spend your days soaking up the wonderful Garden until you return to the Big Rabbit in the Sky.”
This seemed like such a wonderful existence to each of these 3 little rabbits.
And then The Elders continued.
“The only thing the Big Rabbit in the Sky requires of each of you is to attend the Weekly Vegetable festival dedicated to the the Big Rabbit in the Sky, recite the Big Rabbit Creed once a day, and follow the rules listed on the Great Clover Tablet.”
It was then that these tablets, a luminous green colored 4 leaf clover stone, were held high into the sky by one of The Elders. Each little rabbit was invited to read the rules on the Great Clover Tablet.
And so the tablets read:
1 – Only Desires for food, sleep, enjoyment of the beauty of the Garden, and friendship are allowed.
2 – Food must not be consumed more than 3 times per day and each meal must not exceed 10 minutes of browsing in duration.
3 – Only companionship with good rabbits is allowed. This includes proper conduct with all the Elders and your rabbit mates standing beside you now.
4 – You cannot cuss. If you question the purity of a word, ask the Elders to determine if it’s a proper word to use.
5 – You are not allowed to think bad thoughts. If you question the quality of a thought, ask the Elders to determine if it’s a proper thought to think.
6 – Although all rabbits come with the knowledge of carrots upon birth, there are no carrots in the Garden and you are not allowed to think nor entertain the idea of eating or admiring a carrot.
7 – Do not venture near the South Border of the Garden. Great Evil lives there. His name is the Evil Rabbit and contact with this Evil Rabbit will result in immediate death.
8 – Do not doubt The Elders and the words of wisdom they give to you.
9 – You must start your sleep at night when the moon has reached the middle of the sky
10 – Procreation is not allowed in the Garden in the first year. After that, you are required to start a family, with a selection of mates available for you to choose from. You will then be given access to the Family Garden where the other rabbits before you now reside.
To the little rabbits, only a day into their new found Garden Paradise, none of these rules seemed to give them any inner disturbances. They were too busy thinking of clover for lunch to really consider what they meant.
And then another Great Elder handed each little rabbit a copy of the Big Rabbit Creed to be read once per day at noon, except on the first day, which is when they were allowed to read it during the opening day ritual they were attending.
Each little rabbit in unison, with The Elders, read the creed aloud. The creed said:
“O Great Rabbit in the Sky, we are humbled to be one of your rabbits. We tremble with fear at the name of the Great Rabbit in the Sky. Have mercy on our souls. We ask forgiveness for our sins and ask that you help us to serve you. We honor and praise your Holy Rabbit Name and Your Wonderful Rabbit Garden. Amen.”
The little rabbits didn’t really notice how the creed seemed so distant to the beauty around them, with words like “forgiveness”, “mercy”, and “fear”, but they took the creed to be what it was. Something they would have to recite in order to enjoy the Garden life.
The Elders then described the borders of the garden, explaining to them that while they lived in the Garden, it was not the same in other parts of the world outside the garden, that there were “outsiders” who were made of a different kind of form. Even though these differently formed creatures existed within the love of the Great Rabbit in the Sky and lived on the border of the Garden, these other forms had decided to live contrary to Rabbit Life. The Elders explained that these “outsiders” didn’t even believe in a Great Rabbit, forming for themselves other Gods that worked for them and their “outcast” society.
The southernmost part of the Garden was described as the entrance to the land where the Evil Rabbit lives, a place where the most outcast of all the rabbits ever to grow up in the Garden now lived his lonely life. The Evil Rabbit lived in solitude and would never mingle with any other creature living anywhere in or around the Garden unless someone dared to venture inside his territory. And the price for entering this Evil Land was immediate death from the paws of the Evil Rabbit.
As a result of this Evil, the entrance into this part of the Garden that bordered the Evil Rabbit's land, contained two large wolf figures. These wolf figures served as means to protect the little rabbits and as a reminder of the certain death of any rabbit who would dare venture that far.
The northernmost part of the Garden was described as the entrance into the greater forest, a place where many different types of animals mixed, animals that were of different forms and were of danger to the lives of the little rabbits. Bears, wolves, hawks, owls, and other animals that ate living creatures for food resided there.
The eastern part of the Garden was described as the entrance into the kingdom of the crazy squirrels, a breed of animals that were characterized by their complete disregard for the beauty of the Garden. Guarded by the Great Hawk, squirrels were kept from entering the Garden and attacking the abundant food and peaceful way of life that existed within the Garden.
The western part of the Garden was the entrance to where The Elders lived and also contained the Family Garden where the rabbits would one day reside when it was time to start a family. They told the little rabbits that they would venture into the Garden once a week to ensure that the little rabbits were living the life that they were intended to live, in accordance with the rules and creeds set forth by the Big Rabbit in the Sky.
Chapter 3 – The Three Little Rabbits
The Elders left the next morning before sunrise and so began the second day in the life of the three little rabbits with each adjusting to the Garden and learning about each other.
Sandra was a naturally likeable rabbit, more petite in shape and style than the others. Her voice was squeaky as she conversed with her fellow rabbits, which the other two rabbits loved to laugh about. She earned the nickname Little Sandra and carried that title proudly, often eating one less meal each day than the other rabbits to maintain her stature.
Sam was a laid back rabbit and preferred to take his time walking among the clover. His slowness of speech and his particularly orchestrated jaw movements earned him the nickname Slow Sam. Sam didn’t seem to mind the nickname and would even walk in slow motion just to amuse the other two rabbits.
While Sam and Sandra were obviously creatures of a certain personality, Becka didn’t really know what to do with everything around her. She spent the first few hours of the second day pacing around the Garden, looking up at the sky, and exploring as much of her surroundings as she could. She would move from one area to another as if in search of something but bored with what she found. Sam and Sandra didn’t want to give her a nickname. They figured she’d do something to make them change it the next day anyways.
Chapter 4 – Life in the Garden
As each day passed, Little Sandra didn’t really find much of the Garden interesting to her and she grew more and more bored with eating the same little portion of food 3 times a day. While Sam was often skipping meals because he napped too long or while Becka was trying to figure out how deep she could dig into the ground, Little Sandra was practicing her food consumption.
“Ok, I have only 10 minutes to eat. I need to focus on what plant I can eat the most of in 10 minutes. It’s not clover but I do so love clover. I bet the broccoli could be bitten off in larger chunks….”
But as she soon became able to consume twice as much in 10 minutes as her rabbit mates, she grew tired of having to stop her enjoyment. She wanted more time to eat a larger variety of food. And by the time The Elders paid their weekly visit to the Garden, Little Sandra had become a Little Bit Bigger Sandra.
The Elders tried to enforce the rules with Sandra, telling her it was against the rules to eat for more than 10 minutes and that her desires for food need to be redirected in other areas of Garden life, such as admiring the beauty of the trees or listening to the birds sing. Sandra did those things on the days The Elders showed up but her ever-increasing size and inability to jump over small rocks became an obvious problem that needed to be dealt with.
Fearing for her livelihood, The Elders placed a rope onto her right leg that would only let her move as far as the edge of one of the clover patches. Existing on nothing but nibbles of food, Sandra learned how to occupy herself with other areas of life and grew quite fond of the bird songs, conversations with her rabbit mates, and the gentle breeze against her nose at certain times of the day.
Sandra took it upon herself to spend many of her days focusing on eating less, enjoying life around her more, having some laughs with her rabbit mates when she could, and being content with the praises from The Elders for mastering her gluttony for food. And Sandra didn’t long for anything more than that. Within a year, she would be able to have a family and spend her time raising little rabbits, just like the Tablets said.
During the visits, The Elders would have to continually search for Slow Sam, finally figuring out he spent his days laying in the thickest part of the Garden where no one would bother him. While seeing Slow Sam raise his head from the middle of the Garden was a funny site at first, eventually The Elders did become concerned with his complete lack of enthusiasm for this wonderful Garden they had built.
They would pry Sam from his slumber, show him the different birds, the different species of trees, and explain to him the magnificence of his dexterious body. Like Sandra, Sam humored the Elders, often faking a laugh as he jumped over small logs and chased butterfles with the utmost of insencere enthusiasm he could muster. The Elders began to call him Sassy Sam and praised his abilities to enjoy the perfection of his rabbit body.
And on the other 6 days when The Elders were not in the Garden, Sassy Sam became Slow Sam again, finding his favorite sleeping place under a large leaf of lettuce, casually looking up at the sky and soaking up the sun’s rays. He knew all he had to do was one day of work in order to slumber the remaining six. And he never wanted nothing more.
But Becka could never be found during most of The Elders visits. Sandra and Sam would often tell them that she had bounded off in “that direction” or “this direction” or she was “busy nursing some wound”. Finally, one day when the Great Elders were visiting, Becka just happened to be sitting in front of the Great Clover Tablets, trying to figure out why she had to follow all those rules. The Elders quizzed her on her most recent adventures, trying to find out why she was missing a patch of fur from her back leg.
“I got nipped by one of those crazy squirrels on the east side of the Garden. I am trying to figure out if the Tablets say it’s ok for me to bite one on the tail if he does it again!”
The Elders immediately reminded Becka that venturing outside the Garden is strictly prohibited. They told her to look at the peaceful glaze on the eyes of Sandra and the wonderful jumping ability of Sam, saying…
“Perhaps you should follow in their footsteps and learn how to enjoy the Garden too. Be sure you are here next week when we visit.”
While Becka agreed with them to their rabbit faces, over the next several days she managed to procure a nice collection of the ends of squirrel tails by sneaking up on them and biting their tail. While her rabbit mates were careful to be on their best behavior the day of The Elders weekly arrival, Becka had forgotten what the day of the week was and had actually gotten scraped by some briars while avoiding being clawed by a bobcat in the western part of the Garden.
All she wanted to do was see what a bear looked like but now she became intimately knowledgeable of bobcats.
“Bobcats are pretty slow. You should have seen how I cut the corner and had that little booger tumbling down the hill. You’re right. This rabbit body is pretty damned quick!”
The Elders stood there in silence, not knowing what to do with Becka, as she had broken 2 rules in a single sentence; venturing outside the Garden and cussing.
The Elders did try several things to keep Becka at bay. They did tie her leg like Sandra to keep her in close quarters thinking this would prohibit her from moving around so much. But on their next arrival Becka exclaimed…
“Rabbit teeth are very sharp! I gnawed right through that rope in less than 10 nibbles! The Big Rabbit in the Sky did a super job making them!”
And then she described to them how a bear stands on his hind legs when you throw rabbit pellets at it.
But she would ask for forgiveness with each visit from The Elders, recite the creed with them at noon, and spend some time talking with Sandra or jumping over logs with Sam. However, as the weeks went on, The Elders were not pleased with each new adventure Becka’s body showed nor the reports from Sam and Sandra that Becka would often talk about a dream she had each night. It was about a Great Big Glowing Carrot and how she would often wonder around the Garden talking to the Big Rabbit in the Sky about her desire to find a bunch of Great Big Glowing Carrots, like the ones in her dreams.
“You cannot talk to the Big Rabbit in the Sky like that! You cannot dream of carrots! Becka, you must become like the other rabbits or something aweful could happen to you. This is Paradise! This is your Garden! Why cannot you enjoy it?”
And with each scolding, Becka would toe the ground with her rabbit paws, looking down at the circles with fake tears pouring from her eyes, and sincerely apologize yet again.
Things got better for The Elders though. Gradually Becka withdrew more and more into herself and started obeying the rules. Although she was not as peaceful as Sandra and not as active as Sam, she at least didn’t have any new scars or stories when The Elders visited.
Becka would tell them, “I spend my days just loving being a rabbit. I guess that is enough for me.”
And The Elders were pleased.
With each visit, they became more and more confident in the ways of the Garden rabbits. They became so confident, in fact, they quit visiting the Garden altogether, knowing that all was finally well in their Garden Paradise.
Chapter 5 – The Conversation
One night, sitting next to one of the streams in the Garden, Becka decided that she would end her life. She didn’t want to live within their rules and she wasn’t allowed to live outside of them. She remembered the claws of the bobcat and how, if she would just slow down her rabbit legs, he would certainly catch her and end her miserable life without much pain and suffering.
And so, lying on her back, with her rabbit legs folder and staring at the moon, Becka resolved to visit the western side of the Garden one last time and let the bobcat end her life.
“Becka, come here my dear.”
Becka jumped up, recognizing the voice as that of a rabbit but none she had heard before.
And crossing the stream without making any noise and without fur touching the water, a large graying rabbit made his way to Becka.
“My name is Jack Rabbit. I was the first of the rabbits to enter this Garden, and the first of the rabbits who left this Garden. I have been watching you Becka, I have been thinking of you a lot lately, and I want to help you understand what is truly happening. Would you mind if I sit down?”
Becka, unable to say anything, simply laid down on her stomach and welcomed the Stranger.
Jack Rabbit laid down beside her and the two of them simply shared stares for hours, neither one of them willing to speak until the precisely right words were chosen.
Becka chose and spoke:
“Why am I here? Why do I have so much unrest? Why do I keep dreaming these wonderful dreams, hearing these wonderful voices inside me, asking me to live, but yet I am unable to live that life? Why won’t my conditions match what is inside of me? What am I to do?”
Jack Rabbit folded back his ears and chose his words as well:
“Becka, your purpose in life and your meaning of it are Yours. You dream of Glowing Carrots because you are a Glowing Carrot. You hear wonderful voices because you are a Wonderful Voice. You have unrest because you are a Divine Unrest. There is only one way to find the Truth and I’m going to show you.”
With those words, JackRabbit produced something Becka had never seen before. It was shiny, about the size of 4 rabbit ears combined, and it reflected the moon as Jack Rabbit held it in his paws.
“Here, see the Truth for yourself
,” said JackRabbit as he handed her the mirror. Becka stared at it and for the first time she saw the Truth staring back at her. There was nothing wrong about her. Everything was Right with her.
Everything Becka had been taught by The Elders, by the Creed, and by the Tablets were now seen for what they were. Mere words and not life. Control and not freedom. Her mind spun out of control as she tried to understand it all, asking Jack Rabbit question after question....
“But Jack Rabbit…isn’t life about loving the Garden and my rabbit mates?”
“No Becka, life is about being free. Would not Love be a natural consequence of that fact?”
“But isn’t life about worship, about living life in a way that pleases the Big Rabbit in the Sky and the Elders?”
“No Becka. Isn’t being grateful for the gift of the great life you will live worship enough?”
“But isn’t life about giving your life for a great cause? I see the effort the Elders have put into the Garden.”
“Becka, what cause is greater than your life?”
“But shouldn’t I feel guilty when I break the rules?”
“Becka, and that adds what to your life?”
“But isn’t it wrong to do the wrong thing?”
“Becka, who told you what is wrong for you?”
“But shouldn’t I start a rabbit family and build a rabbit home and raise little rabbits after my first year here?”
“Becka, you start a family and then what? You go away? This goes away?”
“But isn’t living my life to be happy selfish? Shouldn’t I give of myself to a mate?”
“Becka, and you would love another if it made you feel unhappy?”
“But what about all the things the Elders told us? The Creeds? All of it?”
“Becka, and you believe everything you hear?”
“But doesn’t the Big Rabbit expect us to do good and punish us when we are wrong?”
“Becka, who told you that? What does the Big Rabbit say? Have you even asked Him?”
“But where is this Big Rabbit? I don’t see Him in the Sky!”
“Becka, you want to look into that mirror again?”
Becka was exhausted. For every clamoring question running through her head, Jack Rabbit answered her back with a question.
And all of his questions required action.
And all of her fears would have to be let go.
And she knew what she had to do.
Chapter 6 – Leaving
As dawn approached, Becka was wide-awake for it. It looked different this time, as if the sun could be reached if she would but reach out for it. The birds singing their songs were not the stationary objects of music she had once thought them to be. They were a benediction, a constantly active impulse of their own Divine Unrest. The stream behind her, it had never stopped moving during the night and appeared to have even more power behind it this morning. The trees actually did grow, never stagnant in size as she was told. It appeared they were trimmed down year after year by the Elders to keep them the same size.
The only thing that had remained the same was the Garden, with all it's beautiful clover filled nurseries. It wanted to grow more, it wanted to extend it’s reach to every corner of the land, but it was fixed, as if some opposing force had required it to only exist to replenish itself for others but not to extend itself as it desired.
Sandra and Sam were still asleep, oblivious to dreams.
Becka took one last bite of clover and headed to the one place left for her to visit. The Southern Border, the entry to the Land of the Evil Rabbit, the place all rabbits were taught to fear the most.
Chapter 7 – The Journey
The wolves guarding the southern part of the garden were menacing as The Elders had intended them to be. But upon closer inspection, from a distance of course, the wolves were obviously made of stone. Not that it would have mattered to Becka at this point anyways. Wolves or no wolves, help or no help, fear or no fear, Becka was going to meet the Evil Rabbit himself.
A few minutes after passing the wolf statues, Becka came to a large brick wall, as tall as a tree and appearing to be as long as all of the Land that existed outside of the Garden. She followed it for days, trying to find either the end of the wall or a way through the wall. The wall was seemingly endless and had not a single hole in it big enough for a rabbit to pass through.
“I wish I was a squirrel”
, Becka thought, imagining herself climbing a tall tree and jumping over the wall.
“Or perhaps a bird”
, as she envisioned how, with just a few flaps, she would be perched high upon the top of the brick wall.
“Or maybe a bear!”
, realizing how easy it would be for a bear to continually bang on the wall until a hole appeared.
But Becka was none of those. She was a rabbit and rabbits cannot clear walls in a single bound.
And as Becka lay there on the ground, wondering just how in the world she would get past this last barrier to meet the Evil Rabbit, she noticed a hawk on a limb above her, his talons glowing as if sharpened for the primary job of hawks: eating animals, especially rabbits.
But she knew of nothing else to do and she had nowhere else she wanted to go except over that wall. If she couldn’t do that, then she would be content to meet her fate at the hands of a hawk or a bobcat or whatever creature took her life upon itself. She relaxed and waited to see what would happen next.
Becka glanced up and noticed the hawk coming at her full speed, with his talons tucked backwards, waiting for the right moment for them to swing forward and grab her. Becka closed her little rabbit eyes, quieted her little rabbit mind, and accepted her fate as she had put everything she had all on the line and was only left with this moment. She could accept that.
Chapter 8 – The Great Carrot
The other side of the wall, at first glance, didn’t look any different than the Garden side did, although Becka was too occupied checking her body for missing pieces of flesh to really notice how much had actually changed, that while clover is still clover and a tree is still a tree, on this side of the wall everything was in fact different.
With all body parts in tact, Becka began to become more aware of things. The clover never seemed to end and everywhere she stepped, clover mingled with her paws. The trees were of differing heights and sizes and as she looked up at them, she could find the tops of the younger ones while the older trees seemed to reach heaven. Hawks, owls, and other singing birds she recognized from the Garden and it’s borders, mingled in the trees with peacefulness.
And the bears! There were large brown bears near her, each of them practicing standing on their hind legs and roaring loudly, as if the bears were rehearsing for the role of being a scary creature form on the Eastern border of the Garden.
The bobcats and the squirrels were busy playing together and the reach of the bobcat’s claws always seemed to just miss the fur of the squirrel. The squirrels were noisy as usual but their noise was in fact a vocabulary of humorous jesting and good-natured humor.
It was as if every other “animal form” she had been told was “outcast” and "bad" was actually good…that each form of animal had only been playing the role of “outcast” and “bad” because that is the picture the Elders had painted them to be.
And the Garden…it wasn’t really a Garden anymore. There was no beginning and ending to it. It was as if the Garden had been released of it’s name and therefore it’s boundary, free to just move as it had always wanted to.
But what surprised her more was the rabbit staring at her.
It was Jack Rabbit.
Although, at first, the rabbit didn’t look like Jack Rabbit. The gray was gone and the fatty deposits under his chin were replaced with pockets of muscle, as if something had literally stolen his age and replaced it with youth.
It was as if the Garden and the life she had previously known, both of which were created by the Elders, didn’t exist anymore. She was seeing life behind the scenes.
“Hello Becka. I am the Evil Rabbit everyone warned you about. Welcome to my Garden!”
“Becka, it takes more than being on the verge of killing yourself to be willing to see the Truth of things. That is why I came to you. I haven’t met anyone who was willing to reach that point of truly fighting all they could fight in order to know Who they really are. That is, until you. And all you needed to see was a mirror in order to complete your journey.”
Becka realized that the Evil Rabbit, through many days and nights of struggling against The Elders to truly be Whom he was, had decided one day to simply give up and to end his own life. And in the ultimate paradox, his giving up was the last step required for him to see Himself clearly and be a part of creating his new Garden, one that was unique to himself, without all the boundaries and rules of the Elders.
Becka realized the Evil Rabbit was never evil as she had been told. He was just free. And that frightened others, the fear of being free. The Evil Rabbit wasn’t banished from the Garden, he created his own Garden but no one dared to enter it for fear of their own fear.
The Evil Rabbit shocked others as Becka had shocked The Elders. He didn’t fear putting himself in harms way because he knew what death brought, the same thing he had in life and even more.
The Evil Rabbit had been considered selfish, a rebel, and a loner as he didn’t care what others thought of him and all he knew was to do things in his own way. He was content just being whom he was, living unto himself but willing to share to those who considered his kind of free life one worth living.
The Evil Rabbit didn’t kneel down to pray, which had led others to see him as a follower of false Gods. His every action and thought was a prayer and his every Action and Thought was God and that was all the form of worship he ever needed.
The Evil Rabbit was in constant conversation with the Big Rabbit in the Sky who lived directly inside of himself and in everything around him. The Evil Rabbit was, in fact, The Big Rabbit in the Sky, just in a different form.
Becka was looking at Jack Rabbit, the Evil Rabbit, and it wasn’t until Becka could look into the living mirror of herself that she could realize what she truly was made of, the ability to discern truth from false. She needed Jack Rabbit and he came during the only time she had the ability to see.
She understood her dreams of the Great Carrot as the ground erupted and hundreds of beautiful carrots starting rising up. They were the tastiest carrots a rabbit could ever ask for. It was the Great Carrot living inside her that made the carrots edible for her and It wasn’t going to let her miss out on that joy for anything.
And so Becka became a Rule unto herself and all other rules faded away. She became the Big Rabbit in the Sky unto herself and created a new life each day.
Her life became many Gardens as a single Garden couldn’t contain her. And with each new Garden she created, all forming around her with minimal of effort she welcomed in others who dared to be whom they really truly are.
To the other rabbits, those that would find themselves cast into the same Garden Becka was cast into many moons ago, her story of death would be continually told to each of them by The Elders:
"Becka was killed by the Evil Rabbit....and let this serve as a warning to each of you little rabbits. Death is what happens when you question the life that we Elders have presented as the way in which you are to live."
And the cycle of life in the Garden, as created by the Elders, as passed down to the young little rabbits, continues to this very day.
Publication Date: 03-31-2010
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