In honor of National Poetry Month, I want to share one of my favorites.

Halfway Down

Halfway down the stairs
is a stair'where I sit.
There isn't any
other stair
quite like
I'm not at the bottom,
I'm not at the top;
So this is the stair
I always

Halfway up the stairs
isn't up
and isn't down.
It isn't in the nursery,
it isn't in the town.
And all sorts of funny thoughts
run round my head:
"It isn't really
It's somewhere else

--A. A. Milne (from When We Were Very Young)

In the realm of great poetry, it probably doesn't deserve a mention. But all poetry doesn't have to have deep meaning and provoke profound thought. Sometimes it's ok for it to just make us smile. And this makes me smile.

And because it's Wednesday and therefore no real reason at all, here is another favorite from Mr. Milne


When I was One
I was just begun.

When I was Two
I was nearly new.

When I was Three
I was hardly me.

When I was Four
I was not much more.

When I was Five
I was just alive.

But now I am Six and clever as clever.
I think I'll stay Six forever and ever.

(from Now We Are Six)

Enjoy your day. However old you are.


amy said…
I like Mr. Milne's poetry. :-) Very much so.
Roxie said…
What a lovely way to start my day! Thank you!
Galad said…
Smiling too - what a great way to start the day.
gemma said…
I love Pooh too.
Em said…
I think I'd just about forgotten these two, what with all the stodgy, grown-up poetry that got hammered into my little brain in school. Thanks for reminding me of them, and for the smiles.
Sheepish Annie said…
I'd forgotten how much I loved those poems as a child. Thanks for sharing them!
Bells said…
Two great choices Donna Lee! Thanks for that!
Amy Lane said…
A.A. Milne was genius... loved it!
DPUTiger said…
I know I'm late to the party, but now I have Kermit singing "halfway down" stuck in my stairs. Or maybe it was Kermit's nephew, Robin. Either way, it's a muppett song that's now stuck in my head :-)

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