>Famed Rabbit Bench-Sevgili Tavşanlı Bankımız

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When I was reading “Cindy from Romantic Home”, I suddenly remembered our “Famed Rabbit Bench” and wanted to share with Cindy and with all of you.. We painted and sold this lovely bench three times…. I think it is time to paint again, before Easter, I missed her very much…Thank you Donna Dewberry because I saw this bench in one of your book and thank you Cindy as you made me to feel the power of painting it again…( I added “The Bunny Tale” poem at the end of my post cause I always love this poem very much…)

Meşhur Tavşanlı Bankımız….
Tavşanlı bankı, önce bir boyama dergisinde, Donna Dewberry’in reklamında gördüm. Uzun zaman “nasıl bu bankı yaparız?” hayalini kurdum. Bir sergi hazırlığı sırasında, “işte tam sırası” diye karar vererek, Münir Usta’mıza danıştım. Münir Usta “yaparım, tabi ki” deyince, hemen dergiden, minicik resimden kocaman dev gibi fotokopiler bastırdık. Münir Usta her zamanki gibi çok güzel kesti, biçti ve bize boyamaya getirdi. Tasarım ve renk seçimi bana ait ama boyamalarla ile ilgili herşeyi, ilk seferinde sevgili Dilek yaptı, one-stroke süslemelerini de sevgili Münevver yaptı. Sergiye koyduk, hemen satıldı.. O kadar da zahmetli bir proje ki, hem sattık, hem de çok üzüldük. Onun üzerine sevgili Buket, “ben yine boyarım” dedi ve hemen bir tane daha yaptık, belki hatalarımızı da düzelttiğimiz için bu sefer daha da güzel oldu. ama beğenilince yine sattık. Ah, az daha unutuyordum, bir tane de derste eski öğrencimiz Serpil hanım tavşanlı bankımızdan yapmıştı, tabi en büyük yardımcısı yine sevgili Buket idi. Neyse ki, Ankara’da Çayyolu’nda eski bir öğrencimizin bahçesinde bir tane var, içim rahatladı.Sevgili Dilek, henüz boyuyor, daha tavşana elini sürmemiş…

Tavşan da artık boyanmış, hatta gözleri bile var…

Sevgili Münevver one-stroke çalışmalarını yapıyor…

Oh, biz de Mehtap’la hazıra konmuşuz…Yarı boyalı bankta oturup, makarna yiyoruz…Beni tanıdınız mı? O zaman kızıl saçlıydım!


Ama ben bu tavşanlı bankımızı çok seviyorum. Haydi Buket, o güzeller güzeli kızını biran evvel büyüt de, bir tane daha tavşanlı bank yapalım ve yeni sergimize koyalım. Bu arada elleriniz dert görmesin sevgili Dilek, Münevver ve Buket…Yaptıklarınız asla maddiyatla ölçülemeyecek kadar değerli…


THE BUNNY TALE
I thought it was a kitty cat
But saw it was a rabbit
He was hopping down the trail
And then he stopped to sit.

He looked back at me
And wiggled his nose
Seems he wanted me to follow
So, I quickly arose.

I started down that trail
Amongst the forest’s trees
As that rabbit scurried off
As quickly as you’d please.

He stopped at the next bend
He once more looked at me
And as I moved nearer
He turned once more to flee.

I moved deeper in the forest
It was dark and kinda silent
I looked around the trail’s curve
To see where that rabbit went.

He sat in an open clearing
Of clover covered ground
Amidst a group of creatures
That had gathered around.

They all watched me warily
But, they didn’t turn to run
The rabbit said, “Come join us.
Come join in our fun.”

I asked, “How do you speak?
Am I losing my mind?
If I close my eyes and look again,
I wonder what I’ll find?”

He said, “You’re in our world now,
And if you’ll truly believe,
You will be amazed at things
Your heart and mind perceive.”

You will see life as it should be,
If you’ll take the time to look.
You’ll find all those stories true,
As told in the fairytale book.”

“You’ll see we live in peace,
And nearly perfect harmony.
You’ll learn what it really means
To be happy, safe and free.”

I sat down with legs crossed
And said, “Please tell me more.
This sounds like the very place
That I have been searching for.”

“I’m tired of all the hassle
Of this world in which I live
Where they all think, I want to take,
When I only want to give.”

“It’s a plastic/cardboard place
Where nothing’s really real.
Where so many things are only said,
Without the will to feel.”

“So, if I like it here with you
Will I be able to stay?
Or will you force me to return
To where they play those games they play?”

He said, “Humans are so foolish!
They are filled with hate and greed
They rip the life from the Earth
After they’ve planted it’s seed.”

“You say you want to stay with us
But, that can not be allowed,
For if we welcome one of you
Before long, there’ll be a crowd.”

“We will let you stay for awhile
Try to teach you what we know
That this World can live in Peace
And then, you’ll have to go.”

But then I awakened
And realized, I’d dreamed
But I can’t get over how real
That Bunny seemed!

Del “Abe” Jones
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