THE BEARS DO BATTLE

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(Winter in England – the view from my window at 11AM the other day)

So, I was walking about in town looking for a new keyboard when I overheard two little kids discussing, “Who do you think would win if Winnie the Pooh and Paddington Bear had a fist fight?”  The random thought part of me kicked in. The ‘who would win?’ question made me forget all about the keyboard.

I was lucky as a kid. Before the family moved to Devon when I was 5 we lived quite close to The Ashdown Forest where A A Milne who wrote the Winnie the Pooh books lived. He used the forest as the backdrop to his stories. I even got to play the ‘Poohsticks’ game at the same bridge Milne’s son Christopher (aka Christopher Robin) played at. Then when we moved to Dartmouth in Devon, the self-same Christopher – he’s been dead for a while now – ran the bookshop down town. An odd coincidence.  So, as a kid I was a Pooh fan. But would Pooh trash Paddington in a fist fight?

Pooh is reckoned to be slow-witted, friendly, thoughtful and steadfast even though his mates all agreed that he “has no brain.”  However, sometimes even for a brainless bear he comes up with the odd clever idea. Also, Pooh isn’t above cheating and has a cunning side, like the time when it was Eeyore’s birthday. Pooh was going to give Eeyore a pot of honey as a present but he couldn’t resist scoffing the lot on his way over to Eeyore’s place. Instead he ends up giving Eeyore “a useful pot to put things in.”

Paddington? An illegal immigrant from ‘Darkest Peru’ – I welcome refugees, by the way. A polite bloke, kind-hearted like Pooh, although if anyone gets under his skin he gives them ‘the glare’ of disapproval. He always does his best to “try so hard to get things right.” His problem is that trouble always finds him. Plus, he wears a street cred disaster duffle coat and a stupid hat to match. I can’t see how anyone wearing a heavyweight duffle coat could out box a cunning Pooh who’s not above cheating. All things considered, I reckon Pooh would take out Paddington. My money is on a 3rd round KO.

Talking of bears, they are – like a lot of wildlife, especially the polar bears – are getting a raw deal out of climate change. Here’s my song, ‘Rainbows End’ on that subject. The lyrics follow in case you want to sing along;

RAINBOWS END

On the day the ice caps melted

The sun swallowed up the sea

No rain from Africa to Eurasia

No spring time blossom on the trees

Rainbows end will stay our secret

For forever and a day

Rainbows end will stay our secret

For forever and a day

This song is not a blatant warning

I believe it’s far too late

Mankind’s ways of greed and war

Has defined this death wish fate

Rainbows end will stay our secret

For forever and a day

Rainbows end will stay our secret

For forever and a day

Rainbows end will stay our secret

For forever and a day

I mentioned on my last post, you might have noticed the ‘POETRY TO SONG’ tab at the top of this page – it’s right next to my ABOUT tag. It’s there because I have a special deal exclusively for WordPress followers. Should any poets out there want to have their poems turned into acoustic or modern folk genre ‘ROYALY FREE’ song for a fixed price of just £100 (or an equivalent for other currency via PayPal) then here’s a contact link;

https://zoolonhub.com/contact/

I estimate that this fixed price that includes composition of melody, studio running costs, performance, production, mixing and mastering would, out there in the world outside WP, cost upwards of £3,000.

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49 comments

  1. I love Paddy but fear Pooh would beat he stuffings out of him. That’s a every dreary view from your window. I love your poem , I hope we never have pull out the pics of rainbows and forests so our children can know what they looked like.

    1. I had deep thoughts and came to the same conclusion, Pooh would win. I’m wondering what the kids who prompted this blog came up with. I agree we have to do tons more to save the climate – even if that means England rains forever as usual.

      1. No rain and we might have a half decent cricket team. I live up a hill so maybe I’ll be OK. Where will you not invest in property?

      2. Well I am already invested in Miami and central Florida…we are getting some very funky weather this winter, last night it was below freezing here, Last year we had no winter to speak of. Hmm. Cheers to the Cricket team…what is Cricket?

      3. Here in Kent, UK it has rained everyday for weeks just about and freezing cold all the time. Cricket is like a game of human chess using a bat and ball. Games last up to 5 days and it’s probably the second most popular international sport there is after football. I think you have baseball but it’s not the same as cricket. I like most sports.

      4. Is that the game where the Prince rides with his fellow riders and hits the ball with his …no that’s hockey…no…I know I have watched Cricket before. I love Tennis and of course my favorite venue is Wimbledon. I never miss it. Our national sport is Baseball but everyone loves Football. Soccer is catching on here big time, something they said would nver happen. I love Soccer. Have a wonderful day, stay warm and cozy.

      5. We call in football. I think soccer was chosen for a name in the US because you have your own kind of football. The game on the horse is polo. It’s funny how we have different names for the same things. Anyway, I’ll try to keep warm and hope/pray you don’t drown when the seas rise.

  2. So long as Paddington don’t have something concealed in that hat, my money is on Pooh Bear. Besides he has mates. Of course this battered, awful Pooh Bear goes everywhere with our grandbaby. Pooh Bear is on a ton of photographs of my other girl’s wedding. What a great post. And I do love this song.

  3. I have a feeling that Pooh would be happy to sit with Pad and have some honey. Pooh doesn’t seem like a fighter to me, more of a lay on the grass and nap kind of bear. Pad is looking for excitement and both of them are kind of friendly and kind, so…I can’t see them fighting. If they did, all Pad would have to do is give Pooh something to eat and it would be over.

    1. Thanks for reading. I think you’re right. I only got lost in thought because the two kids I listened to were debating the point as to who would win in a fist fight. I still think it one of the great philosophical questions of all time. i.e. two gentle make-believe bears having a fight; who would win? That’s a bucket load of metaphors.

  4. The Pooh and Paddington boxing match? I agree that Pooh would win. But I doubt he would knock out Paddington just stun him a bit Pooh is too kindhearted to really go for it. And the polar bear and climate change.. that is something that breaks my heart. Your song is perfect for my feelings on this.

    1. I heard that Paddington has a china chin. Only a rumour. Seriously though, with the ice melting so quickly the polar bears won’t be around much longer except for zoos. Not good.

  5. I think Pooh would win; he’s always been a favorite and when my son was little, his room was decorated in Winnie the Pooh. 🙂 Love your song, though so sad. Every time I think about polar bears, my heart aches. Regarding poetry to song, I would love to try that someday, so I’ll keep it in mind.
    ~Lauren

    1. Thank you, Lauren. The plight of not just the human race but animals also is on my mind most times. If you ever need me to put words to song you know here I am. Take care, George aka Zoolon.

  6. This struck a chord of memory for me. One of the first books I bought when I was six years old and had a small allowance was Winnie the Pooh. Then I bought the other three. My Pooh books helped my youngest son learn to read. They now sit in a place of honor in his china cabinet. I saw the first Paddington Bear film and look forward to seeing the one just out in theaters. I like your reasoned decision that Pooh would win in a bear fight with Paddington. You have a delightful imagination. 🙂

    1. I’m a £500 certified dyslexic. Uni made me take the tests (I got a 1st class degree somehow). I have my dad’s copies of the Pooh books from when he was a kid. At about 10 years old, armed with a plastic ruler and sunglasses, I just about managed to read them. As of now I copy and paste from Word! Most times I get it right – I hope!

  7. “Rainbows will stay our secret/For forever and a day”–I love this, so much story within this single want. As an American who doesn’t live too near any particular writer’s life–save, I suppose for Laura Ingalls Wilder, but I never read those books (I know, I’m an awful person)–I’m jealous of those land-connections between you and stories past. There’s just such a power to touching something you know was rebuilt, letter by letter, inside a story.

    1. Playing Pooh sticks in the actual place where the author’s son played was magical enough when I was 5. To later take in that fact properly in most ways makes it even more magical. I was lucky, I’ll admit. Christopher’s book shop in Dartmouth had a back room just for the kids and the staff didn’t mind a bit of noise.

      1. Just up the road in St Margaret’s Bay we have Noel Cowards house…and deep below The Castle, the place in the White Cliffs where Winston Churchill hung out in WW2.

  8. I would wager that Pooh could take two Paddington’s. But both being the peaceful sorts that didn’t like to be bothered, they would lay down arms and have toast with marmalade and honey, and have a jolly time

    1. Thanks, Bruce. I’m mainly a song writer but every now and them odd subject’s arrive. I don’t make claims to be a writer, but can’t resist writing them down.

      1. Thanks, Bruce. I do drift of in that narrative direction sometimes. The Liquid Truth concept album was like that. There’s definitely an intelligent market for the narrative song.

      2. Just checked it out, Bruce. One of the songwriters I took time out to study at uni was a bloke called Arlo Guthrie. I see similarities with Utah Philips. Being English this style of music is alien to me, but having said that I can’t help but say it’s monumental stuff.

      3. Thanks, Bruce. Great stuff. I don’t know the singer but Richard Thompson who wrote this is a legend. The narrative song is alive and well. Here’s a couple of my own favourites. One old, the other new’ish;
        Billy Joel – Goodnight Saigon (he uses understated yet mood setting samples beginning and end);

        More recent, The Villagers – Cecelia (a surreal number, worth trying to fully figure out);

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