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Hare Brained part 3

Part 3

Long story short, 
Let's cut to the chase. 
To where the end of the day, 
Marked the end of the race. 
And as the sun set, 
Who did they all see? 
Cresting the hill, 
It ... wasn't ... the ... bunny. 
For, just plodding along, 
As though heading somewhere, 
It was Sheldon the tortoise, 
They saw over there. 
Well, such a commotion, 
What a hullabaloo. 
None of the animals 
Knew quite what to do.
In the end, they were thrilled, 
That Sheldon might win. 
Thought of Rabbit losing, 
Well, it made them all grin. 

News of events, 
Had drawn a huge crowd
And, as such, the noise,
They made was quite loud. 
And I'm sure you've all 'heard', 
About forests and sound,
And trees when they fall, 
But when there's no one around
But, whenever this happens, 
Since no - one's ever about, 
On the matter of whether,... well 
On that, the jury's still out. 

But this time there was,
So the matter's twice moot
And of no interest to Rabbit, 
Who, upon hearing Owl hoot, 
Had woken from slumber, 
his "only - one - hour snooze, 
When he'd thought to himself, 
"There's no way I could lose." 
But the knot in his stomach,
Grew with gnawing concern, 
Had he rested too long, 
Avoiding sunburn. 
And upon that note, that rabbit ran, 
In fact he practically flew. 
And how many records, 
he broke is unclear
But it was definitely more than two. 

But alas his best, was not enough
Poor Rabbit looked awful dour. 
For Sheldon had just finished crossing the line, 
(which, from head to tail, 
took just under an hour).
When he'd broken the tape 
They'd all gone ma-goo, 
But, thirty minutes still crossing
Had grown more subdued. 
And by the time crafty Sheldon, 
Won that race and for good, 
Half of the animals
Had started thinking of food. 

And this brings us too, 
The end of the tale
Where tortoise beat rabbit
In a race through the dales. 
And though he had hoped
For an ongoing ovation 
Their response fell far short
Of his expectations. 
For half of the animals
Were planning their supper, 
While the rest were avoiding
Being a meal for the other. 
And so while rabbit, still fuming, 
outran his fox nemesis. 
Tortoise plodded home
And pondered his existence. 

The End

Copyright © Gavin Lottering | Year Posted 2021

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