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The world is flat  The natives are savages  Sexual                                                                        preference is a choice   War is necessary                                                                                      Hang ’em high   The stock market fluctuates  Pink                                                                              is for girls and                                                                                                                                        Blue                                                                                                                                                                  is for boys   He died for your sins                                                                                                 Because you are Evil    Lobotomy is good                                                                                     Hysterectomy is better and                                                                                                                        YOU                                                                                                                                                                 are hysterical   The End is near   You just need                                                                                     to work harder                                                                                                                                         Authority  knows best  and Animals                                                                                                    do not have a soul

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This poem is in response to the Daily Prompt False

 

July 1st: White Rabbit!

 

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Do you say  ‘White Rabbit’ on the first day of the month?  In my family we have  this tradition. We do it as a fun competition. The first one to say it wins.  (We don’t actually win anything, we just Win. Like, the smartest smart aleck who remembered to say it.)

I got to thinking about this tradition and wondered if anyone else practiced it, where it came from, and if it make any sense at all. Actually, it always made a lot of sense to me, because as a consummate Alice in Wonderland fan, I knew Alice found all her adventures by  following the White Rabbit!

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I did some sleuthing and found out that the rabbit utterance  apparently  started out as an ancient Celtic tradition.  It was used  at the beginning of the lunar month to honor the sacred animal. This animal was not exactly a rabbit, but something other-worldly that resembled a rabbit.  The image of this rabbit-like animal could then be found in the full moon.

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In some parts of Scotland and northern England, children are still taught to say ‘White Rabbit’ at the beginning of the month as a magic charm to attract money through unexpected means.  Sounds good to me!

This quote comes from a ‘Notes and Queries’ book dated 1909:

“My two daughters are in the habit of saying ‘Rabbits!’ on the first day of each month. The word must be spoken aloud, and be the first word said in the month. It brings luck for that month. Other children, I find, use the same formula.”

Another tradition holds that ‘Rabbits, rabbits, rabbits’ should be spoken as the first words and the beginning of the month, and ‘Hares, hares, hares’ as the last words at the end of the month.

Interestingly, the tradition was also adopted by RAF bomber aircrews in WWII, who believed uttering ‘white rabbit’ as their very first words upon awakening would keep them from harm. It is nice that they would look to this gentle and peaceful animal during war time 🙂

I found this quote from the 1922 novel  ‘Solomon in all his Glory’ by Robert Lynd:

“Why,” the man in the brown hat laughed at him, “I thought everybody knew ‘Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit.’ If you say ‘Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit’—three times, just like that—first thing in the morning on the first of the month, even before you say your prayers, you’ll get a present before the end of the month.” 

So this month I am going to be the first to say White Rabbit.   Maybe I will even get a present 🙂

Try it and let me know if it works for you!

 

“Never underestimate a great superstition.”

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At The Circus

 

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When I was a kid, I used to love the Circus.  I admit it. I mean, it was so exciting!  All those great animals  performing tricks for our entertainment.  The Circus came to town every year, Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey. It was the greatest show on earth.  And who could resist that junk food? Candy apples were my favorite. I loved the three rings, the wide elephants, the smell of hay and peanuts. Plus there was the Freak Show, and I could definitely relate.

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The Circus, to me, was a real treat.

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When my nieces and nephew were little, I also took them to the Circus. Why not? This was FUN, a kid’s paradise. Truthfully I never gave it a second thought. Until one time we went to the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey, and I noticed something disturbing.

The tigers came out in a parade. Oh, they were magnificent! Bengal giants with their coats of orange and black.. The tigers paraded in a line, then a circle. But something was peculiar. There was this one tiger. He would not go with the rest. He backed away, snarled, would not walk in the circle. I don’t remember the trainer being particularly cruel. Just that the animal was stubborn. I watched. The tiger clearly was NOT going to perform his stunts. He rumbled, backed up, growled, shook his head. This  big cat was definitely NOT okay.

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I know enough about animals to know that if one does not want to do something, you should not force him. An animal can be coaxed, loved, persuaded, even bribed to do your bidding, but not forced.  The tiger was then taken out of the line and put somewhere. I don’t know where. It had to be a solitary confinement.  I remember saying, “That tiger is gonna blow.  Oh yeah, he is gonna explode!  Mark my words.”

I realized something was very wrong.  Then, all of a sudden, the whole Circus was wrong.  There were stunt people. I remember a woman who got locked up in a glass box, flexing and folding her limbs until she somehow perversely fit in this tiny cage that could not even hold a kitten.

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There was another woman who twirled by her teeth on a rope. I remember her spinning around, long hair flailing. I worried about her neck snapping, her teeth becoming dislodged.

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Grandma asked the nieces if they wanted dolls. There were these plastic dolls for sale, souvenirs that actually resembled the dangling tooth woman. The girls did not want them.  They looked at me with wide morose eyes. Yep, the kids knew better.   In that moment it all became creepy. Dear god.  Who ran this place?  Could it be?  The Circus was actually –  an institution of cruelty?   This was exploitation, blatant and unmitigated!   Why hadn’t I noticed before?   What the heck were we even DOING there?

Most revelations in my life have come like this – big flashes where all of a sudden I realize:

EVERYTHING I KNOW IS WRONG.

This was one of those moments.

That night on the News we heard a report that the Ringling Brother’s tiger escaped.  Not only did the animal blow his temper, but he apparently blew the entire pop stand as well 🙂 Goodbye PT.   He escaped your cages, busted out of your Alcatraz traveling show.

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What happened to that tiger? I do not know.  Somehow I could not bring myself to learn the follow up.  He was, no doubt recaptured. Probably hit with a stun gun.  Personally I liked to picture him in the wilds of Africa, roaming the plains.  But I am sure that did not happen. Even I am not that naïve.

After that we boycotted Circuses entirely.

 

But I gotta admit — I still love candy apples and a great Freak Show 🙂

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This post is in response to the Daily Prompt, pingback:

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/circus/