Someplace Else

Gentle rain drip-drooping over rocks
In the stream that winds near my house
The scene wreathed in giddy greenery
And woven with knobbly, gnarly roots
Reminded me of my childhood
When I believed that The Hobbit
And The Wind in the Willows
The tales of Winnie the Pooh
And Frog and Toad are Friends
All took place in the same world
(In some beaverly corner of Narnia)
And I was quite sure that the land
Of Badger and Bilbo and the rest
While not “real”…not exactly
Was both wide and homely
Green and inviting as summer
A place where I would very much like
To while away a bit of my precious time
(And every now and then, I surely did)

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