Spotlight Poetry – The Pobble Who Has No Toes – A poem by Edward Lear

The Pobble Who Has No Toes by Edward Lear

The Pobble who has no toes
Had once as many as we;
When they said “Some day you may lose them all;”
He replied “Fish, fiddle-de-dee!”

And his Aunt Jobiska made him drink
Lavender water tinged with pink,
For she said “The World in general knows
There’s nothing so good for a Pobble’s toes!”

The Pobble who has no toes
Swam across the Bristol Channel;
But before he set out he wrapped his nose
In a piece of scarlet flannel.

For his Aunt Jobiska said “No harm
Can come to his toes if his nose is warm;
And it’s perfectly known that a Pobble’s toes
Are safe, – provided he minds his nose!”

The Pobble swam fast and well,
And when boats or ships came near him,
He tinkledy-blinkledy-winkled a bell,
So that all the world could hear him.

And all the Sailors and Admirals cried,
When they saw him nearing the further side –
“He has gone to fish for his Aunt Jobiska’s
Runcible Cat with crimson whiskers!”

But before he touched the shore,
The shore of the Bristol Channel,
A sea-green porpoise carried away
His wrapper of scarlet flannel.

And when he came to observe his feet,
Formerly garnished with toes so neat,
His face at once became forlorn,
On perceiving that all his toes were gone!

And nobody ever knew,
From that dark day to the present,
Whoso had taken the Pobble’s toes,
In a manner so far from pleasant.

Whether the shrimps, or crawfish grey,
Or crafty Mermaids stole them away –
Nobody knew: and nobody knows
How the Pobble was robbed of his twice five toes!

The Pobble who has no toes
Was placed in a friendly Bark,
And they rowed him back, and carried him up
To his Aunt Jobiska’s Park.

And she made him a feast at his earnest wish
Of eggs and buttercups fried with fish, –
And she said “It’s a fact the whole world knows,
That Pobbles are happier without their toes!”

Poem Attribution © Edward Lear, The Pobble Who Has No Toes

Source Attribution https://www.oatridge.co.uk/poems/e/edward-lear-pobble-who-has-no-toes.php

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Painting Attribution © Theo Radic, Purple Nonsense, (Date Unstated)

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Spotlight Poetry – Buckingham Palace – A poem by A. A. Milne

Buckingham Palace by A. A. Milne

They’re changing guard at Buckingham Palace –
Christopher Robin went down with Alice.

Alice is marrying one of the guard.
“A soldier’s life is terrible hard,”
                                     Says Alice.

They’re changing guard at Buckingham Palace –
Christopher Robin went down with Alice.

We saw a guard in a sentry-box.
“One of the sergeants looks after their socks,”
                                     Says Alice.

They’re changing guard at Buckingham Palace –
Christopher Robin went down with Alice.

We looked for the King, but he never came.
“Well, God take care of him, all the same,”
                                     Says Alice.

They’re changing guard at Buckingham Palace –
Christopher Robin went down with Alice.

They’ve great big parties inside the grounds.
“I wouldn’t be King for a hundred pounds,”
                                     Says Alice.

They’re changing guard at Buckingham Palace –
Christopher Robin went down with Alice.

A face looked out, but it wasn’t the King’s.
“He’s much too busy a-signing things,”
                                     Says Alice.

They’re changing guard at Buckingham Palace –
Christopher Robin went down with Alice.

“Do you think the King knows all about me?”
“Sure to, dear, but it’s time for tea,”
                                     Says Alice.

A. A. Milne is better known for writing the story of Winnie- the-Pooh.

Pooh’s fictional friend Christopher Robin is found here in this poem too. Christopher Robin was the name of the writer’s son.

Poem Attribution © A. A. Milne, Buckingham Palace

Source Attribution https://allpoetry.com/Buckingham-Palace

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Music Attribution © Webster Booth, (Song from “When we were very young” by A A Milne, set to music by Harold Fraser-Simpson, 1942)

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Painting Attribution © Patrick O’Callaghan, Changing the Guard…, (Date Unstated)

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