Sometimes I think that the Wonder Stories of the Iroquois were told to the children by the old storytellers, with a sly smile on their face. This story surely had to be one of them – a story for the sake of the telling.
WHY THE HARE HAS A SPLIT LIP AND SHORT TAIL
Once a rabbit began to run back and forth through the woods, calling for snow, snow, snow! It was one of those large, gray rabbits, with long ears, that people call hares.
Now, strange as it may seem, as this hare ran back and forth singing for snow, snow, snow, some flakes of snow began to fall. The hare was so delighted that he jumped up and down for joy.
“Ah gon ne yah – yeh! Ah gon ne yah – yeh! Ah gon ne yah – yeh!” he sang, in short, quick notes of joy. And the higher he jumped, and the louder he sang, the faster and thicker the snow came.
But at last the hare was so tired that he could run no longer. He no longer sang for “Snow, snow, snow! How I would run if I had snow,” for now he had more snow than he wanted. The snow was up to the tiptops of the trees, and it was very hard to run.
The hare was very tired. He thought he must take a rest. Night was coming on. He looked about him. Near the path were the top branches of a willow tree, sticking out of the snow. He sprang into a crotch of those branches. There he could sit and rest for a time. Soon he fell asleep. He slept all night and part of the next day.
But there was the hare away up in the tiptop of that willow tree! What to do he did not know. He was very hungry. He wondered how long he could stay there and not starve. He saw some tender buds on the branches. He ate those, and then he gnawed bark for a time.
However, sooner or later, the hare knew he must jump or starve. He looked down at the earth. It looked very good to him. He could see some fresh green moss and some beautiful grass. One jump and they were his! But what a jump!
✿ڰۣ❤ In Loving Light from the Fairy Lady ✿ڰۣ❤