David Taylor

Maffs

'What are you doing Pooh? ' Asked Christopher Robin.

'Oh, its maffs', said Pooh.

'What's that Pooh'?

'Well', said Pooh 'its like what you told me you do at school,
but it seems a bit diffrent.'

'Can I see? '

Pooh put down his pencil and gave Christopher Robin
the honey smeared napkin on which he had written:

1 x 1 = 1
1 / 1 = 1
1 + 1 = 1

'I see' said Christopher Robin,
'but shouldn't one plus one equal two? '
'I know that's what you told me Christopher Robin
but well, I thought;
the first one and the second one are both the same one.'
'Yes' said Christopher Robin.
'So if they are both the same you still only have one,
don't you, Christopher Robin? '

Christopher Robin thought for a moment,
how to explain this to Pooh, a bear of little brain?
Who he loved dearly.

'Pooh' said Christopher Robin,
'look at those honey pots on the table,
how many are there? '
'Two' said Pooh, 'but they are not the same,
one's small and round and yellow
the other one's bigger and rounder and a diffrent yellow.
And the pots aren't important' said Pooh,
'I only like them 'cause they have honey inside,
and I could take all the honey that's left
and put it in one pot,
which I do on Fridays when I tidy up.'

'I see' said Christopher Robin,
'but I don't think Miss Granger at School will like this answer Pooh.'

'Does Miss Granger like honey as much as I do Christopher Robin? ' Asked Pooh.

'I don't think anyone likes honey as much as you do Pooh' said Christopher Robin.

'And I don't think I like Maths as much as she does' Pooh replied.

'I love you Pooh' said Christopher Robin.
'I love you' said Pooh,
'Is that two loves, Christopher Robin? ' Asked Pooh.

Poem Submitted: Friday, September 26, 2008

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Comments about Maffs by David Taylor

  • Ernestine NorthoverErnestine Northover (9/26/2008 4:12:00 PM)

    Such a delight to this Winnie the Pooh fan. Lovely piece of writing and a joy to read. thank you so much. Oh to be young again.
    Love and hugs Ernestine XXX

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  • Rose FalconeRose Falcone (9/26/2008 7:41:00 AM)

    Precious! Have always loved that 100 Acre Wood! Going to add this to my favs! Here's a quickie:
    Piglet sidled up to Pooh and said, 'Pooh? '
    'Yes Piglet, ' Pooh replied.
    'Nothing, ' said Piglet, 'I just wanted to be sure of you.'

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  • Ian Bowen (9/26/2008 7:30:00 AM)

    David, absolutely loved this charming piece of invention.10/10
    Regards,
    Ian

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