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25th May 2016

Livingstone – A poem by Mantie Lister

Livingstone


They said he couldn’t do it.

They teased him all along,

but this teddy was on a mission

he wanted to fly near the sun.


He packed up his parachute

made his way to the plane.

The whirring engines

spluttered to action

nothing could get in his way.


Flying high above Victoria,

the hissing plane began to puff.

Though he fastened his goggles tight

his paws were shaking – this was tough.


Saplings of doubt began to creep

towards his beating heart.

What if his friends were right?

Was he being smart?


What if the parachute was cursed?

Or failed to open on demand?


What if he hit the waterfall?

And completely missed the sand?


Blinking through this moment

his mind began to race,

‘No’, he thought, then said out loud

shaking his furry legs.

‘I made a promise to myself

and I won’t let it break.’


As he shuffled to the ledge

the wind hit him in the face

He leant out of the door

until:

                  F

                    R

                      E

                        E

                          F

                            A

                              L

                                L



                                    the sky

                                    rushed





                                                                the clouds

                                                                      blurred

the wind

thundered




                                          the birds flew




                                          the bear flew


                                          and twirled


                                          and danced


                                          and laughed.

From the ground

someone remarked:

‘Is that a bear in the sky?’

Don’t be silly scoffed his friend

‘Bears will never fly!’

Falls pic plus bear

Would your Teddy enjoy flying?

Ready Teddy Jump 2016

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