Poem: Teddy

Updated on April 8, 2018

Teddy has always been my childhood best friend,

And protected me in a bubble of purity and innocence,

One day, I grew too big and burst the bubble,

Only to find myself wandering in the world of troubles.

There was a hint of sadness in Teddy’s shiny black beady eyes,

As if it was about to cry heavy beads of tears twice the size of its eyes,

I assured Teddy that everything we read in the news was not real,

And tears that trickled down my cheeks were happy pearls.

I told Teddy,

Robbery was a specialised game of hide and seek,

And so was kidnapping, you had to be on your feet,

The lost dog was wagging its way to the lost and found,

The mad men without masks were part time clowns,

Red blood was really rose petals in their liquid states,

Lines and shades of pain were red paint strokes and stains,

People were never gone but were housed in their loved ones’ hearts,

And I shut the newspaper with a loud thud,

Because they lived happily ever after.

Teddy’s eyes finally twinkled,

And deep inside, I could see innocent laughter.

How do you feel after reading this poem?

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© 2018 Li-Jen Hew


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    • Li-Jen Hew profile imageAUTHOR

      Li-Jen Hew 

      13 months ago

      Hi Manatita. Haha...child in me, I see. Sure, will look her up, thanks. Thanks for the nice comment. :)

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      13 months ago from london

      The child in you is noticeable, like rdsparrowriter. Look her up, she is nice and very kind. Charming poetry.

    • Li-Jen Hew profile imageAUTHOR

      Li-Jen Hew 

      13 months ago

      Hi Jodah, thanks so much the lovely comment. :)

      Frank surely knows what a good poet is. :) I read your other poems and they were good :) : Magic and spells and be the change. The stories are clear, simple and make it easier for readers to appreciate the meaning, purpose and connect to them. :) They are memorable in our heads and people of any age can enjoy them. Thanks for sharing. :)

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Li-Jen, this is a lovely poem. There are so many bad things happening in the world that sometimes we need to try and protect the innocent from seeing all the hardship and evil as long as we can.

      I loved Teddy, and this is no competition lol. Frank is very generous in his opinion of my work and it humbles me.

    • Li-Jen Hew profile imageAUTHOR

      Li-Jen Hew 

      13 months ago

      Hi Frank. Thanks for the feedback! :) The Dear John Letter was actually a coincidence..didn't realise it. Will start calling him Jodah from now on. Hahah competition....you really like drama. :)

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      Frank Atanacio 

      13 months ago

      Li-Jen... This was very well written.. I like the mad men without masks were part-time clowns... sometimes your lines are clever.. wish I'd thought of them first.... read more Of Jodah.... your dear John Poet, he is hands down the best Poet on this site... he has clever lines too.. maybe you can give him some competition.. thanks for sharing...


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