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All Ears

 
Flopping and flapping,
Even when he was napping,
Bunny's ears were way overgrown.

No matter the landscape,
His two ears' grand shape
Made him highly accident prone.

Other creatures would taunt,
"They're as big as Vermont!"
"How do you manage such weight?"

"You look like Dumbo,
    With your ears so jumbo!
They're as big as two dinner plates!"

He would fall and trip,
Over his ears he would flip.
They would cause such embarrassment.

The others would jeer,
And the size of his ears
Would just lead to loads of harassment.

He found when he'd hop,
The two ears would flop
And get tangled up in his own feet.

No matter what he'd do,
The problem just grew
And he finally accepted defeat.

Jokes he didn't enjoy,
So he began to avoid
The other beasts-they acted like clowns.

While he'd get lonely
When it was him only,
He didn't have to put up with put downs.

One day in the glade,
Hanging out in the shade
On a sunny and brightly lit day,

Coming from the trees,
Shouts rode in on the breeze
And started to come Bunny's way.

He slowly arose
In response to the noise
To see what the hubbub was about.

A Fawn couldn't be found,
Though they searched all around,
And that's why they started to shout.

Raccoon and Chipmunk,
Bear, Squirrel and Skunk-
All were involved in the search.

Looking in woods and in mire,
First lower, then higher,
In marshes and maples and birch.

"Come help!" yelled the Mice-
"Your aid would be nice.
We need more creatures involved!"

"The poor thing must be scared,"
Said Moose, nostrils flared.
"We must get this key problem solved!"

Bunny leapt at the chance,
This cause, to advance,
And immediately joined in the hunt.

It didn't take long,
With his hearing so strong,
That Bunny was soon out in front.

Others trailing behind,
Bunny raced fast to find
The missing and lost little Fawn.

He heard rustling of leaves
Others barely perceived
In the direction he was now drawn.

After a mile or so,
He began to slow,
With the rest of the creatures in tow.

Behind a log,
Playing with Frog,
They found the small Deer below.

"You had us worried to death!"
Doe yelled, out of breath,
Now that her fear was at bay.

"I wasn't aware
I'd caused a great scare-
Frog and I just wanted to play."

Then with great gratitude,
And a thankful new mood,
All turned to Bunny's direction.

"It's thanks to you
This dilemma is through,"
Doe said with a great deal of affection.

"We've been insulting and rude,
Cruel, mean and crude,
Making fun of your appearance."

"But despite our behavior,
You became our savior,
And solved Fawn's disappearance."

"Could you please forgive us?
Let us re-earn your trust.
We would like to be good friends to you."

Bunny blushed and turned red.
He finally said,
"I would like that very much too."

So what's seen as weak,
Or oddly unique,
Should be appreciated and shown respect.

Showing heart and compassion,
Keeping kindness in fashion,
Leads to things we would never expect.

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