A return to your childhood is good for the soul

I recently read an article which said that returning to a favourite poem, story or game from our childhood, can help relieve stress and worry. To that end I have decided to share with you my favourite poem from my childhood and the first one I learnt to recite off by heart – the classic The Owl and the Pussycat by the wonderful Edward Lear.

Many of you will know it too, and I hope you will enjoy reading and reciting this with me!!

 

The Owl and The Pussycat 

The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea

In a beautiful pea green boat.

They took some honey, and plenty of money.

Wrapped up in a five pound note.

The Owl looked up to the starts above,

And sang to a small guitar,

‘O lovely Pussy! O Pussy my love,

What a beautiful Pussy you are

You are,

You are!

What a beautiful Pussy you are!

Pussy said to the Owl, ‘You elegant fowl!

How charmingly sweet you sing!

O let us be married! too long we have tarried:

But what shall we do for a ring?’

They sailed away for a year and a day,

To the land where the Bong-Tree grows

And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood

With a ring at the end of his nose,

His nose,

His nose,

With a ring at the end of his nose.

‘Dear pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling

Your ring? Said the Piggy, ‘I will.’

So they took it away and were married next day

By the Turkey who lives on the hill.

They dined on mince, and slices of quince,

Which they ate with a runcible spoon;

And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,

They danced by the light of the moon,

The moon,

The moon,

They danced by the light of the moon.

 

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