Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Not a children's story

It is known that on Christmas Eve all the animals speak. This is for Richard Adams, aged 96, who died on Christmas Eve, R.I.P. Watership Down is not a children's book. There's something there for all of us, rather like The Velveteen Rabbit. Rabbits, rabbits, everywhere.

He died the night
All animals speak
The dogs
The cats
The armadillos
The rabbits
Especially the rabbits.
Perhaps they called him
To the Other Side
He is there now
Speaking in a place
Where everything
And every one
Has Voice.
Each one listens
To the other.
It is as it should be.
This is not
A children’s story.

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