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The End
A. A. Milne


When I was One,
I had just begun.

When I was Two,
I was nearly new.

When I was Three,
I was hardly me.

When I was Four,
I was not much more.

When I was Five,
I was just alive.

But now I am six,
I'm as clever as clever

So I think I'll be six now
Forever and ever.

This poem is in the public domain.


Alan Alexander Milne (1882 –1956) was a British author, editor, poet, and playwright. Born in London, he is best known for his children’s books about Winnie-the-Pooh, but produced a vast amount of work in other genres. Interestingly, his degree was in mathematics. Milne served in both World Wars, despite his position as a pacifist. Though he suffered poor health in later years, he was at one time a gifted cricket player.



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Thanks for bringing us this poem which I've loved since I was six. Long ago, when I was sixty, I had great fun mimicking it starting with When I was ten, going through the decades, and ending with So I think I'll be sixty forever and ever... Alas!
Posted 02/22/2024 01:53 PM
Innocence and wisdom~~captured in charming couplets. Good choice for the day
Posted 02/21/2024 10:20 PM
Love this poem, love the whole world and works of Winnie the Pooh. He is such a wise little bear along with Piglet and his friends. No matter the age, I think there is always a child inside of each of uswhatever that age may be. Thank you to Milne for blessing us with such knowledge!
Posted 02/21/2024 11:13 AM
Darrell Arnold:
I can't remember what those years were like, but I do remember my children during those early years. I enjoyed watching them when they were four. They were really trying to understand their world then, and they were talking and exploring and expanding their minds by the hour. Amazing times.
Posted 02/21/2024 08:23 AM
Susi Eastin :
Thank you for sharing this bit of glorious wisdom, a wonderful visit from the past. A perfect way to start my day! ~♡~ Susi & the Okie Piggies
Posted 02/21/2024 07:29 AM
Winnie the Pooh said, "People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day." So, I say, Why not stay six. Its one more than five and not as odd as seven. Love Milnes logic and writing. Randy Mazie
Posted 02/21/2024 07:15 AM

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