Alan Alexander Milne

(18 January 1882 – 31 January 1956 / Kilburn, London)

Forgiven - Poem by Alan Alexander Milne

I found a little beetle; so that Beetle was his name,
And I called him Alexander and he answered just the same.
I put him in a match-box, and I kept him all the day ...
And Nanny let my beetle out -
Yes, Nanny let my beetle out -
She went and let my beetle out -
And Beetle ran away.

She said she didn't mean it, and I never said she did,
She said she wanted matches and she just took off the lid,
She said that she was sorry, but it's difficult to catch
An excited sort of beetle you've mistaken for a match.

She said that she was sorry, and I really mustn't mind,
As there's lots and lots of beetles which she's certain we could find,
If we looked about the garden for the holes where beetles hid -
And we'd get another match-box and write BEETLE on the lid.

We went to all the places which a beetle might be near,
And we made the sort of noises which a beetle likes to hear,
And I saw a kind of something, and I gave a sort of shout:
'A beetle-house and Alexander Beetle coming out!'

It was Alexander Beetle I'm as certain as can be,
And he had a sort of look as if he thought it must be Me,
And he had a sort of look as if he thought he ought to say:
'I'm very very sorry that I tried to run away.'

And Nanny's very sorry too for you-know-what-she-did,
And she's writing ALEXANDER very blackly on the lid,
So Nan and Me are friends, because it's difficult to catch
An excited Alexander you've mistaken for a match.


Comments about Forgiven by Alan Alexander Milne

  • Jojo Pescador (9/17/2019 10:07:00 PM)

    i love the message < 3 (Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi Louis (9/17/2019 10:19:00 AM)

    Forviveness! ! !
    Much needed in life.

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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  • (9/17/2019 10:03:00 AM)

    Beautiful rhyming poem for all ages. And quirky with it. To be commended. Blackdyke (Report)Reply

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  • (9/17/2019 9:35:00 AM)

    Well-written rhyming poem and I'm happy you won " Poem of the Day." Great job! : -) (Report)Reply

    (9/17/2019 11:38:00 AM)

    Tamara, you are talking to someone who's been dead since 1956!

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  • Drtony Brahmin (9/17/2019 5:10:00 AM)

    I found a little beetle; so that Beetle was his name,
    And I called him Alexander and he answered just the same.
    I put him in a match-box, and I kept him all the day...
    And Nanny let my beetle out- - And beettle ran away. very interesting poem. tony
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  • Uche Nwanze (9/17/2019 3:04:00 AM)

    A fascinating read, deserving of Poem of the day. (Report)Reply

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  • Jeff Stoddart (9/17/2019 2:27:00 AM)

    This must relate to just about every child in the land and bring a wry smile to even the most hardened........a masterclass of what poetry is all about and from my own point of view...loved it. (Report)Reply

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  • Practicing Poetess (9/17/2019 12:21:00 AM)

    What an adorable poem! And, no surprise there- -
    A.A. Milne, writer of the Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin books!
    Thank you, PH, for posting something new as Poem of the Day!
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    Belle Wassermeister(9/17/2019 11:37:00 AM)

    Well said, dear Poetess!

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, January 18, 2012



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