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The teddy bear tree

Down beside the old Teddy Bear Tree
if you look very closely you might see
one large gnome in a big blue hat,
two grumbling beetles and a purple cat,
three tiny fairies, pretty in pink,
four small dragons who are friendlier than you think,
five bright candles and six green books,
seven feather pens borrowed from some blue rooks,
eight naughty piglets all rolling in the mud,
nine orange cows all chewing on their cud,
a blanket and some treats, a pillow and a chair
for the magical picnic you and I can share.

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inspired by a photo of a tree taken that I swear contains a teddy bear spirit.


  • Alison Pearce
    Alison Pearceabout 5 years ago

    Gorgeous on both counts!!!

  • Thanks Alison. We spotted it on our ‘red’ walk last night. Robyn nearly jumped out of her skin when I showed her. It was quite funny, but I had to play up that it looked like a teddy bear so she wouldn’t freak out entirely because it’s very near to her school.

    – Anne van Alkemade

  • Rhinovangogh
    Rhinovangoghabout 5 years ago

    This is great! I loved it. I felt like a child again and image this would make an awesome painting. Cheers!!!!

  • thanks Rhino. I’d sure love to see that!!!!

    – Anne van Alkemade

  • Alison Pearce
    Alison Pearceabout 5 years ago

    LOL! I hope you’ll put this in Art and Stories Made For Children. We have woefully few written works!

  • I’ll have to rejoin, Alison.

    – Anne van Alkemade

  • georgiegirl
    georgiegirlabout 5 years ago

    Totally brilliant poem! Love it!!! Love the tree too (fantastic find)… the teddy looks like my bear ‘Nosy’ who I’ve had since I was Robyn’s age.

  • :o)
    Maybe a growing tribute to Nosy!!!

    – Anne van Alkemade

  • Cathie Tranent
    Cathie Tranentabout 5 years ago

    Love it!

  • The bear lady gives her seal of approval. VBS.

    – Anne van Alkemade

  • Alison Pearce
    Alison Pearceabout 5 years ago

  • oh, thank you Alison. VBS.

    – Anne van Alkemade

  • Cathryn Swanson
    Cathryn Swansonabout 5 years ago

    Wonderful childrens poem!
    You’ve captured the tree’s spirit perfectly here.

  • TheMollyQueen
    TheMollyQueenabout 5 years ago

    I love it :) Magical and enchanting!

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