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Quote of the week – He had a sort of look

Norwich street
The city I call home

Here’s a random shot of a Norwich alley to accompany a random quote; they only go together in so much as I took the photo yesterday and was reading the poem this morning in the bath.

Tomorrow I will start my December reading of a book of poems called “Christmas Please” and the next four weeks will be devoted to Christmas or winter quotes. I thought today I would keep it fun and appeal to the inner six-year-old in each of us. From A A Milne’s “Now We Are Six”, part of the poem “Forgiven” – Christopher Robin’s nanny has accidentally opened the matchbox wherein Alexander Beetle was living and Alexander cannot be found…

We went to all the places which a beetle might be near,
And we made the sort of noises which a beetle likes to hear,
And I saw a kind of something, and I gave a sort of shout:
“A beetle-house and Alexander Beetle coming out!”
It was Alexander Beetle, I’m as certain as can be,
And he had a sort of look as if he thought it must be Me,
And he had a sort of look as if he thought he ought to say:
“I’m very very sorry that I tried to run away.”

Are you still six? Do you own A A Milne’s poetry books? If not, why not?


4 thoughts on “Quote of the week – He had a sort of look

    1. I’m always torn between Alexander Beetle and King John was not a good man… King John will make it into the Christmas quote selection. Oh, and I also love the mother of James James Morrison Morrison Weatherby George Dupree who just wantonly goes down to the end of the town on her own 😁

    1. Hi, thanks for commenting. I love poetry, but I know a lot of people either actively dislike it, or simply don’t bother with it. When I did my English Literature A Level as a very mature student (I was 40, most of the others were 18), I was the only one in the group who really loved poetry and every time we were doing it, the teacher would look round the class for someone to read the poem out loud then invariably turn to me to read it! There’s lots of poetry that I feel goes out of its way to be difficult or, at least, less accessible, but people like A A Milne, Spike Milligan and Edward Lear all wrote jolly poems which all ages can enjoy. If you like Tim Burton’s films, you might like his book of poetry ‘The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy’ – this has engaged even my most poetry-hating friend.

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