Monday, 9 March 2015

Nostalgia alert!

AA Milne



I didn't grow up loving AA Milne's Winnie the Pooh and his Christopher Robin poems.  I came to them as a 16 year old and even though I was older than his target market, I loved them.

My absolute favourite AA Milne poem was James James (more properly known as Disobedience) large chunks of which I can still recite to this day!

Here it is for you – it has a lovely rollicking cadence so is better spoken than just read.


James James
Morrison Morrison
Weatherby George Dupree
Took great
Care of his Mother,
Though he was only three.
James James Said to his Mother,
"Mother," he said, said he;
"You must never go down
to the end of the town,
if you don't go down with me."

James James
Morrison's Mother
Put on a golden gown.
James James Morrison's Mother
Drove to the end of the town.
James James Morrison's Mother
Said to herself, said she:
"I can get right down
to the end of the town
and be back in time for tea."

King John
Put up a notice,
"LOST or STOLEN or STRAYED!
JAMES JAMES MORRISON'S MOTHER
SEEMS TO HAVE BEEN MISLAID.
LAST SEEN
WANDERING VAGUELY:
QUITE OF HER OWN ACCORD,
SHE TRIED TO GET DOWN
TO THE END OF THE TOWN
-
FORTY SHILLINGS REWARD!"

James James
Morrison Morrison
(Commonly known as Jim)
Told his
Other relations
Not to go blaming him.
James James
Said to his Mother,
"Mother," he said, said he:
"You must never go down to the end of the town
without consulting me."

James James
Morrison's mother
Hasn't been heard of since.
King John said he was sorry,
So did the Queen and Prince.
King John
(Somebody told me)
Said to a man he knew:
If people go down to the end of the town, well,
what can anyone do?"

(Now then, very softly)
J.J.
M.
M.
W.G.Du P.
Took great
Care of his M*****
Though he was only 3.
J.J. said to his M*****
"M*****," he said, said he:
"You must never go down
To the end of the town
if you don't go down
with ME!"

3 comments:

  1. I like the rhyme. Nice poem.

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  2. I love them too! Amber watched them when she was a young child and I fell in love with them!! I STILL quote them!

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  3. Do you know.....I don't think I've ever come across that poem. I've thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing. Joan

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