for Abigail Brown's fundraiser, June 2012
Many years ago
(or so the story goes)
a small bear
It took up
with Mr and Mrs Brown
and their two older children.
They named it Paddington.
For years it caused them much disturbance
with accidents and untoward events,
giving hard stares to neighbours and local tradesmen
and staining everything liberally with marmalade.
Now it’s time
Mr and Mrs Brown
have carefully prepared another child.
They named her Abigail, and she will make
Paddington’s long journey in reverse.
It is not known what in what railway station she may be found
or what the chances are that she will yet discover
Paddington’s alleged aunt Lucy in her alleged home
but for this plan to be successfully concluded
your help is called upon, and here to tell you of it all
figuratively speaking I now tie
around her neck a luggage label
emblazoned with the words
Please look after this Abigail…