ONCE UPON A TIME

A LONG TIME AGO

FROM WHERE WE’VE BEEN

AND WHERE WE GO

LIVED A SMALL BROWN TEDDY BEAR

FAT AND BUNCHY, SPOTTED WHITE AND BROWN

WITH REAL THREAD WHISKERS LIKE A CLOWN

AND TO HEAR PINK LINED SATIN EARS.

 

CAME CHRISTMAS TIME

HE TOPPED A YOUNG BOY’S SOCK

ALONG WITH A TOY ENGINE AND CHOCOLATE

BUT THERE WERE OTHER TOYS AS WELL

MECHANICAL ONES WITH RINGING BELLS

WHIRRING HEARTS AND WIND UP SOULS

THEY SEEMED COMPLETE AND SEEMED WHOLE.

 

A TEDDY BEAR COULD NOT BE THAT BOLD.

 

THE BROWN LITTLE TEDDY BEAR WAS LOST

AMONG THE TOYS THAT BOAST AND COST

BUT MAINSPRINGS BROKE EACH DAY TO PASS AWAY

AND THE BROWN BEAR SAW THEY WERE ONLY TOYS

AND WOULD NEVER GROW INTO LIFE’S JOYS

BUT THEN HE WONDERED “AM I REAL?”

SO HE WENT TO ASK THE OLD AND WISE

ELEPHANT FOR HIS SECRETS TO REVEAL

 

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