Sunday, April 11, 2021

National Poetry Month

I didn't know this, but I read on the Atlantic that April is National Poetry Month. I'm not a big poetry reader or lover, but I used to keep a little pocket sized notebook with poems when I was younger. I don't know where that little book ended up.

I like this poem by A.A. Milne (1882-1956), who is famous for his Pooh stories.

Us Two

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.

Do you have a favorite poem?


Queeniepatch said...

I haven't heard it before, but it is now a favourite of mine, too! Thank. you for sharing.
Most of the poetry I have read have been either Swedish or Japanese haiku. I also like Limericks although you can hardly call them peotry, can you?

Vireya said...

I'd forgotten about that one! It is one I loved as a kid, so thanks for reminding me of it.

Jeanie said...

I never head this before. And I adore it. I will have to share that with my littles!

Leonore Winterer said...

I enjoy reading poetry, I just don't do it enough!