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The Runaway Bunny (WIT 2001)

23 May


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Once there was a little bunny who wanted to run away.

So he said to his mother,
“I’m running away.”

“If you run away,” 

Said his mother,
“I WILL RUN AFTER YOU, FOR YOU ARE MY LITTLE BUNNY.”

“If you run after me,”
Said the little bunny,
“I will become a fish in a trout stream and I will swim away from you.”

“If you become a fish in a trout stream,”
Said his mother,
“I WILL BECOME A FISHERMAN AND I WILL FISH FOR YOU.”

“If you become a fisherman,”
Said the little bunny,
“I will be a bird and fly away from you.”

“If you become a bird and fly away from me,”
Said his mother,
“I WILL BE A TREE THAT YOU COME HOME TO.”

“Shucks,”
Said the little bunny,
“I might just as well stay where I am and BE YOUR LITTLE BUNNY “
And so he did.
“Have a carrot,”
Said the mother bunny.

A scene from the HBO Film Wit (2001) Starring Emma Thompson as Vivian Bearing.

In the play WIT (2001)  By Margaret Edson, the book helps demonstrate the protagonist’s ability for redemption. Her former college professor reads it to her during her final hours dying of ovarian cancer. She notes that the story can be read as an allegory of the soul being pursued by god.

WIT is a 2001 American television movie directed by Mike Nichols. The teleplay by Nichols and Emma Thompson is based on the 1998 Pulitzer Prize winning play of the same title by Margaret Edson. The film was shown at the Berlin International Film Festival on February 9, 2001 before being broadcast by HBO on March 24 2001.

Vivian Bearing is a professor of English literature known for her intense knowledge of metaphysical poetry, especially the Holy Sonnets of John Donne. Her life takes a turn when she is diagnosed with metastatic Stage IV ovarian cancer. Late in Vivian’s illness, the only visitor she receives in the hospital is her former graduate school professor and mentor, Evelyn Ashford, who reads her excerpts from ‘The Runaway Bunny‘.


As she nears the end of her life, Vivian regrets her insensitivity and realizes she should have been kinder to more people. In her time of greatest need, she learns that HUMAN COMPASSION is of more profound importance than INTELLECTUAL WIT.

Peace & Blessings,
Lo (Enigmaress)

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