Charles Tomar

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The Giant Cabbage Of Inle - Poem by Charles Tomar

A great long time ago
In a warren far away
Comes the story we know
Of the Great Cabbage of Inlé

In the Warren there lived our hero
El-ahrairah the greatest rabbit of all
Champion over all our foe
Who always answers the call

One fowl day the warren was attacked
By evil hessil who fought hard and fast
Into the burrows they easily hacked
Until a giant war broke out at last

For seven long years the war drug on
‘Til El-ahrairah broke down and cried
“Oh great Firth where have you gone
What should I do that I haven’t tried? ”

Into the woods El-ahrairah ran
And prayed to Firth as hard as he could
And waited as long as a rabbit can
Alone in the dark and frightening wood

Saying: “From elil to flay
To the Black Rabbit of Inlé
You know and see all
Help me break through this wall”

“From elil to flay
To the Black rabbit of Inlé
You know and see all
Help me break though this wall”


Over and over he repeated the phrase
He seemed to be in a terrible daze
Suddenly the moon shone bright
And a troubling rumbling came through the night

When the sound finally stopped
Next to him a cabbage was propped
“I’ll do what you want just show me the way”
Grumbled the Giant Cabbage of Inlé

“What have you come for? ”
El-ahrairah asked for more
“No more can I say”
Said the Giant Cabbage of Inlé

Thought the Rabbit: I’ll have to decide, since I’m the chief
What to do with this overgrown leaf
And soon a plan he had thought of
In order to utilize this salad from above

As the Hessil gathered for one last raid
El-ahrairah called every rabbit to his aid
He called them together and told them the plan
A plan that was better than one made by any man

They gathered rubber from rubber trees
As El-ahrairah yelled “hurry please! ”
Then they mushed the rubber together and
Made what we would call a giant rubber band

The Rabbits pulled it around the giant head
They pulled so hard their faces turned red
Rabbits on each side of the head held on tight
While El-ahrairah pushed the cabbage back with all his might

Aimed to the Hessil the chief let go
And the Hessil let out a slow motion “Noooooo! ”
For flying toward them way up high
A cabbage tumbled toward them in the sky

The Cabbage landed with a splat
Sighed El-ahrairah “well that’s that”
The warren broke out in cheerful laughter
And the rabbits lived happily ever after

What’s that you say?
What about the Giant Cabbage of Inlé?
The Rabbits forgot about him
And with no food his future was grim

And when the rabbits saw what happened next they cried
For the Giant Cabbage of Inlé ate himself ‘til he died
That’s the truth I’m here to say
Of the story of the Giant Cabbage of Inlé…


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Poem Submitted: Thursday, July 13, 2006

Poem Edited: Saturday, August 14, 2010


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