Peanut’s Picks: WHEN WE WERE VERY YOUNG

When We Were Very Young (Source)

My mom says it’s National Poetry Month and that this means I should share with you some poetry.  (Is it only a month?  Feels like it’s been about an eighth of my life.  Oh, wait…)  Anyway, I like poetry a lot.  It’s kind of like songs, except there’s no key for my mom to wander in and out of.  (Mommy, I love you, but let’s leave the singing to Auntie Em, okay?)

So for National Poetry Decade Month, Mommy and I decided to read a book of poems together.  Mommy let me pick (okay, that’s a lie) and I chose When We Were Very Young, by A.A. Milne.  Mommy says that was a good choice, because I am very young.  Mommy and I have been reading a few poems most days and then we discuss them and I ask questions like:

Where is Buckingham Palace?  Why have you not taken me there?

Can I have a puppy?

What is rice pudding?  It sounds terrible.

Why won’t the doctor just leave the dormouse alone?  NICU flashback!

What is a knight?  Is that another word for bedtime?

Can I have tea?

Then Mommy explains to me that Buckingham Palace is in England and I can’t go there until I learn to travel without going on hunger strikes (but that doesn’t sound fun), that no I can’t have a puppy (why not?!), that rice pudding is what it sounds like and not too terrible, that she doesn’t know why the doctor won’t leave the poor dormouse alone, that a knight goes on adventurers and that I’m too young for tea.  And more stuff too.  Mommy is very good at explaining poetry.

Also, she said I could pick a favorite poem from the book and share it with you.  Obviously, I picked Puppy and Me, because puppies!

Puppy and Me

I met a Man as I went walking;
We got talking,
Man and I.
“Where are you going to, Man?” I said
(I said to the Man as he went by).
“Down to the village, to get some bread.
Will you come with me?” “No, not I.”

I met a Horse as I went walking;
We got talking,
Horse and I.
“Where are you going to, Horse, today?”
(I said to the Horse as he went by).
“Down to the village to get some hay.
Will you come with me?” “No, not I.”

I met a Woman as I went walking;
We got talking,
Woman and I.
“Where are you going to, Woman, so early?”
(I said to the Woman as she went by).
“Down to the village to get some barley.
Will you come with me?” “No, not I.”

I met some Rabbits as I went walking;
We got talking,
Rabbits and I.
“Where are you going in your brown fur coats?”
(I said to the Rabbits as they went by).
“Down to the village to get some oats.
Will you come with us?” “No, not I.”

I met a Puppy as I went walking;
We got talking,
Puppy and I.
“Where are you going this nice fine day?”
(I said to the Puppy as he went by).
“Up to the hills to roll and play.”
I’ll come with you, Puppy,” said I.

Lesson for parents: I need a puppy!

When We Were Very Young (by A.A. Milne) is puppy-rific!  Buy a copy here!

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