A Touch of Ludicrous

A Touch of Ludicrous

Once upon a time
we early believers
thought the Easter Rabbit
hid boiled chicken eggs
just for us to find…
and that the Tooth Fairy
left shiny silver coins
under a bed pillow
for our rootless baby teeth.

Later came wry awareness
of our gullible delight
in that merry make-believe
where  a long-eared rabbit
scattered brightly colored symbols
of adult fertility…
and where a magic fairy
placed rare value
on tiny…bloody teeth.

Now in the grownup present
somewhat wiser…somewhat jaded
we unpack those fantasies…
hiding eggs and shining coins
for delighted innocents…
because we still cherish
the remembered silliness
of the ludicrous.

Bonnie Marshall

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