Famous Children Poem

“Halfway Down” is a poem written from a child’s perspective about the special spot in the middle of the staircase. What makes it special is it’s not at the top or bottom, it’s not upstairs or downstairs. It’s in a place all its own. Children have a wonderfully unique way of looking at the world.

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My mum and dad would read and recite all of AA Milne's poems and stories to the four of us in the early 1950's. There was one piece that I can vaguely remember; it was about a leather donkey...

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Halfway Down

A. A. Milne By more A. A. Milne

Halfway down the stairs
Is a stair
Where I sit.
There isn't any
Other stair
Quite like
It.
I'm not at the bottom,
I'm not at the top;
So this is the stair
Where
I always
Stop.

Halfway up the stairs
Isn't up
And isn't down.
It isn't in the nursery,
It isn't in the town.
And all sorts of funny thoughts
Run round my head.
It isn't really
Anywhere!
It's somewhere else
Instead!

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  • Denise Muhley Nee Bird by Denise Muhley Nee Bird
  • 4 years ago

My mum and dad would read and recite all of AA Milne's poems and stories to the four of us in the early 1950's. There was one piece that I can vaguely remember; it was about a leather donkey with leather eyes, nose and Knickerbocker toes. I cannot remember the beginning!! Can anybody tell me how it goes?

  • Graham Lees by Graham Lees
  • 5 years ago

My mother loved this poem and often used to recite it, right up until just before she died at age 94. So it is special to me, as well.

  • Rose Ployhar by Rose Ployhar
  • 7 years ago

I consider this poem as a description of my life story. I read it over and over! It is my poem!

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