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A. A. Milne


Christopher Robin
Had wheezles and sneezles,
They bundled him into his bed.
They gave him what goes
With a cold in the nose,
And some more for a cold
In the head.
They wondered if wheezles
Could turn into measles,
If sneezles would turn into mumps;
They examined his chest
for a rash, and the rest of his body
For swellings and lumps.
They sent for some doctors
In sneezles and wheezles
To tell them what ought to be done.
All sorts and conditions of famous physicians
Came hurrying round at a run.
They all made a note
Of the state of his throat,
They asked if he suffered from thirst;
They asked if the sneezles came after the wheezles,
Or if the first sneezle came first.
They said, "If you teazle a sneezle
Or wheezle, a measle may easily grow.
But humour or pleazle the wheezle
Or sneezle, the measle will certainly go."
They expounded the reazles
For sneezles and wheezles,
The manner of measles when new.
They said "If he freezles
In draughts and in breezles,
May even ensue."

Christopher Robin got up in the morning,
The sneezles had vanished away.
And the look in his eye
Seemed to say to the sky,
"Now, how to amuse them to-day?"

This poem is in the public domain.

Alan Alexander Milne (1882 –1956) was a British author, editor, poet, and playwright. Born in London, he is best known for his children’s books about Winnie-the-Pooh, but produced a vast amount of work in other genres. Interestingly, his degree was in mathematics. Milne served in both World Wars, despite his position as a pacifist. Though he suffered poor health in later years, he was at one time a gifted cricket player.



Post New Comment:
Darrell, that is an amusing continuation!
Posted 01/29/2024 12:21 AM
Charming, creative, entertaining!
Posted 01/27/2024 09:16 PM
Wilda Morris:
Great fun!
Posted 01/27/2024 10:03 AM
Good fun and excellent wordplay!
Posted 01/27/2024 09:19 AM
Darrell Arnold:
Be careful, Friend Larry Be watchful and wary The noise of your sneezes Might bring bumblebeezles Or a herd, oh my word, Of malevolent weasels.
Posted 01/27/2024 08:35 AM
Larry Schug:
I'm going to try this next time I get the sneezles.
Posted 01/27/2024 07:51 AM
Gilbert Allen:
Posted 01/27/2024 07:48 AM
Joan Luther:
Memories reading this as a child then to my own children. What fun to create new words!
Posted 01/27/2024 07:04 AM

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