Serendipity and enchantment are never far from the surface in Ireland. You will find it when you least expect it. Perhaps it is just around the corner, up a little hill or down a crooked path. You may find it under an arched stone bridge, on the seashore or hidden by a lake in the mountains. If you are bold enough to stray off the beaten path and let yourself be “fairy-led” you too might find your own Bunny Lane.
Where is Bunny Lane? Although I’ve been there, I really can’t tell you. It’s a place that keeps itself secret. I have some clues and landmarks. A castle. A bridge. A lonesome country pub. It is near Cork and Blarney but far, far away. I will look for it again but may never find it.
It is a quixotic place where time stands still as you traverse the country borreen alone. Tunnels of trees – with their fresh green leaves backlit like stained glass – create cathedrals in the air. Little brown rabbits peep shyly with their dark, shining eyes from sweetly-scented hedgerows that are heavy with a blizzard of blackthorn blossoms. They hop and dart through the nodding bluebells, ferns and flowering wild garlic. Stone walls line the potholed track and grass grows in the center. A light breeze ruffles the leaves, swirling the heady green scent of eternal spring. Twittering birds swoop through the branches. Sunshine and showers waft across rainbow-strewn skies.
Spellbinding Bunny Lane beckons every traveler in Ireland. It lies dreaming in memories past and on the threshold of tomorrow. Are you brave enough to leave the modern world behind and follow the path less taken? Will you find Bunny Lane or will Bunny Lane find you?
© 2011 Michele Erdvig
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