Wednesday, May 17, 2006


Elizabeth Ann
Said to her Nan:
"Please will you tell me how God began?
Somebody must have made Him. So
Who could it be, 'cos I want to know?"
And Nurse said, "Well!"
And Ann said, "Well?
I know you know, and I wish you'd tell."
And Nurse took pins from her mouth, and said,
"Now then, darling, it's time for bed."

Elizabeth Ann
Had a wonderful plan:
She would run round the world till she found a man
Who knew exactly how God began.

She got up early, she dressed, and ran
Trying to find an Important Man.
She ran to London and knocked at the door
Of the Lord High Doodledum's coach-and-four.
"Please sir (if there's anyone in),
However-and-ever did God begin?"
The Lord High Doodledum lay in bed,
But out of the window, large and red,
Came the Lord High Coachman's face instead.
And the Lord High Coachman laughed and said:
"Well, what put that in your quaint little head?"

Elizabeth Ann went home again
And took from the ottoman Jennifer Jane.
"Jenniferjane," said Elizabeth Ann,
"Tell me at once how God began."
And Jane, who didn't much care for speaking,
Replied in her usual way by squeaking.

What did it mean? Well, to be quite candid,
I don't know, but Elizabeth Ann did.
Elizabeth Ann said softly, "Oh!
Thank you, Jennifer. Now I know."

~A.A. Milne Now We Are Six

~I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it. Mark 10:15

Poetry Thursday


Catherine said...

Oh, I love A A Milne. Do you know the one that starts "James James Morrison Morrison Witherby George Dupree?"

Andrea said...


Yes I do know it, it's in the collection I have. :)

jenclair said...

Catherine's thought was my own! I love A.A. Milne and my favorite of all is "James James Morrison Morrison..."

Those lines echo in my head at the most random times.

Hip Girlz said...

Thanks for sharing that wonderful poem!