dry stone wall

Paddington Bear

out in the rain




(Originally appeared in Presence #58, July 2017)


12 Responses

  1. chief276 Says:

    Oh, so that's where he went. We were looking for him at Paddington Station. Well done, Alan.

    Bill Kenney

  2. Alan Summers Says:

    Thanks Bill! :-)

    If you look up my Area 17 blog post "Presence: A core part of haiku poetry – Article in progress for Writing Poetry: the haiku way by Alan Summers" you will find how to find Paddington Bear, as he's now easily located and made a marmalade sandwich if he's eaten the one under his hat. :-)

    The one I saw was one left by a child and placed on top of a dry stone wall in case they could be reunited.

    warm regards,

  3. Alan Summers Says:

    Michael Bond (13 January 1926 – 27 June 2017) and his creation of Paddington Bear which have sold more than than 35 million Paddington books around the world. His first book was published in 1958 and his last in 2017, a span of 59 years. WIKIPEDIA

  4. Mal ward Says:

    I love this, but I’m very glad he’s got a duffle coat and wellies.

  5. Alan Summers Says:

    Thank you sister! :-)

  6. seaviewwarrenpoint Says:

    Ah, with dry stone walls in abundance here in the Mourne country, Northern Ireland, I could easily imagine a child leaving her bear outside when called in for lunch. And of course the juxtaposition between the dryness of the stone walls and wetness of the rain makes it even more pertinent. And who doesn't love Paddington Bear

    Nice one, Alan.


  7. Alan Summers Says:

    Coincidentally I was nipping over to London to meet Bill (Kenney) at the Southbank and stumbled across the movie launch of Paddington Bear 2. I got to meet Bill but alas I missed Paddington but saw him again at the train station. :-)

  8. seaviewwarrenpoint Says:

    I hear it's a good film. 😀

  9. Alan Summers Says:

    I will be watching it next week with some good friends all over 21 years old. :-)

  10. seaviewwarrenpoint Says:

    Hahahaha – enjoy :)

  11. Dave Read Says:

    Really like how the ku begins with “dry” and ends with “rain”. The transition brings a touch of sadness. Great work Alan.

  12. Alan Summers Says:

    Thanks Dave!

    Yes, there is quite an irony as dry stone walls do face all weathers. He was looking forlorn, and it makes me think of all the displaced people around the war due to war and profit too alas.

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