A Poem for a Thursday #26



Is there anyone who doesn't know Winnie-the-Pooh, that lovable, loyal, bear of very little brain? I don't remember when I first encountered him. Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, Rabbit, Owl, Kanga, and Roo; they were all familiar characters. I half-believed that somewhere there really was a hundred-acre wood where the animals lived and frolicked and one day maybe I could join them. At some point during my childhood, my dad (I think it was him) brought home copies of When We Were Very Young and Now We Are Six. Some of the poems felt a little sweet to me, even as a child,  but some had a rhythm and a flow that I enjoyed. Plus, the books were filled with charming illustrations by Ernest Shepherd. Here is one of the poems I liked when I was little and still like now. It reminds me of my children when they were little. They both had stuffed animals they loved dearly and their stuffed friends went on many real and imagined adventures.

Wherever I am, there's always Pooh,
There's always Pooh and Me.
Whatever I do, he wants to do,
"Where are you going today?" says Pooh:
"Well, that's very odd 'cos I was too.
Let's go together," says Pooh, says he.
"Let's go together," says Pooh.

"What's twice eleven?" I said to Pooh.
("Twice what?" said Pooh to Me.)
"I think it ought to be twenty-two."
"just what I think myself," said Pooh.
"It wasn't an easy sum to do,
But that's what it is," said Pooh, said he.
"That's what it is." said Pooh.

"Let's look for dragons," I said to Pooh.
"Yes, let's," said Pooh to Me.
We crossed the river and found a few-
"Yes, those are dragons all right," said Pooh.
"As soon as I saw their beaks I knew.
That's what they are," said Pooh, said he.
"That's what they are," said Pooh.

"Let's frighten the dragons," I said to Pooh.
"That's right," said Pooh to Me.
"I'm not afraid," I said to Pooh,
And I held his paw and I shouted "Shoo!
Silly old dragons!"-and off they flew.
"I wasn't afraid," said Pooh, said he,
"I'm never afraid with you."

So wherever I am, there's always Pooh,
There's always Pooh and Me.
"What would I do?" I said to Pooh,
"If it wasn't for you," and Pooh said:  "True,
It isn't much fun for One, but Two
Can stick together," says Pooh, says he.
"That's how it is," says Pooh. 

Us Two
A. A. Milne

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4 comments

  1. Great choice. I don't think I've ever read any of the Pooh poems. So much fun.

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    1. I enjoyed your Sylvia Townsend Warner poem. I don't think I have ever read any of hers.

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  2. I love Pooh and my boys had a poster map of the Hundred Acre wood and prints from the book. It's rumoured that I even have china figurines! You can visit the wood which inspired Milne. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/united-kingdom/articles/ashdown-forest-hundred-acre-wood/ - but I haven't been - yet.

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    1. Well, obviously I am now going to need to travel to the U.K. again in order to visit Ashdown Forest.

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