Down a dark hole, I was thinking about
the different ways that I could get out,
when it fell on me – it had fur and a snout –
and said aloud with a Pooh-like air
‘A Very Bad Accident to Pooh Bear’.
I called out ‘Pooh! I’m underneath you,
trapped in a hole without a view –
I think it’s a Heffalump trap for Poohs!’
I felt myself tremble, I felt my ears twitch,
but Pooh was brave in that deep, dark ditch.
Faced with a Heffalump that says ‘Ho-ho!’
humming was the answer that came to Pooh,
a bear who always knows what to do.
So I tra-la-la’d and tiddle-um-tummed
while we waited for Christopher Robin to come.
We’d not been long in the deep, dark pit,
when a voice said ‘Ho-ho’ at the top of it
and I jumped with surprise, six inches and a bit.
‘It’s the Heffalump!’ I thought, then swallowed the fear –
my courageous friend Winnie the Pooh was near.
So as none of the words would stick, I hummed
and then tra-la-la’d at the Heffalump,
which replied with rum-tum-tum-tiddle-um
in a voice that sounded like Pooh’s
when it really should have been ‘Ho-ho’.
I thought I had better say ‘Ho-ho!’ to him
and the Heffalump, just like Christopher Robin,
said ‘How did you get there?’ and I answered him:
‘This s a trap where I ho and I hum
while waiting for the ho-ho to come’.
Pooh looked up. He shouted, ‘Hallo
Christopher Robin! It’s time to go.’
Kim M. Russell, 2018
My response to Imaginary Garden with Real Toads: Rhubarb
Today Paul is thinking about childhood characters from books, TV and film that had some subconscious influence on him. He asks about the characters that might have found a home in our psyche and would like us to write a poem from their point of view. I have fond memories of A.A. Milne’s poems and stories and chose to write about one of my favourite character’s adventures.