Sunday 15 November 2015


When I found you in the attic you were threadbare.
On closer inspection it seemed you'd shrunk.

But the smile on your face remained as I remembered it -
like an old soldier's moustache.

Your breath smelled of dust and years of neglect
and one of your poor eyes had drooped.

Oh how I wanted to hug you,
to resume our exclusive closeness

that once soothed me in the dead of night
when vile nightmares tried to claim me

and left me feeling so alone and scared...
but I was afraid of what I'd feel.

Then I probed the archives of your heart
and there discovered a little blonde girl

lovingly cuddling her teddy bear, her Soul-Mate.
Suddenly, my world turned upside down

as, engulfed in aching nostalgia,
I clutched you close to my heart.


  1. Gosh, you almost made me well up there, dear. What a beautiful poem. The last line is simple and yet so gorgeous, because it calls to all of us who had Teddy Bears (or similar toys) when little and found comfort in hugging them.

    Thanks for your comment and your birthday wishes.

    Greetings from London.

  2. What a delightful piece indeed.

  3. Lovely and endearing, dearest Ygraine. My own nostalgic aches welled up from deep within my heart. You do stir the emotions, my sweet and dear friend~

    Thinking of You and Yours
    With Love,

  4. Lovely, lovely poem, Y ... thinking of my own childhood ... had no toys, and if, they none existent and left behind because of my families frequent travels ... but I still have 2 teddy bears from my now grown kids ... smiles ... and Jenny's doll, I gave away to the itty bitty Chinese girl from across the street ... it took a lot of courage, but good in the end ... I still have Jenny's lil shoes ... Love, cat.

  5. So good. Had me remembering similar objects given life to in my past☺

  6. So touching Ygraine. And yes, familiar, beloved objects can be comforting, in times of sorrow and pain.

    Sending lots more hugs your way. Take care and try to take some time to just completely chill if you can. You need to keep your strength up dear. Hugs to your husband too.

  7. Nothing tells a gentler story of private comfort than a stuffed toy deformed by a million hugs.

  8. This is very touching, dear Ygraine! Thank you so much for sharing. Sending you many hugs and much love.

  9. wow, i just LOVE this - my great niece Hannah has a bear, Mama Bear - Hannah is 9. That bear I am sure has now taken on a consciousness of it's own - it soothes and comforts Hannah through all kinds of adventures in life - it cheers her on and is always there for her. Mama Bear has been sewn back together so many times. I'm sure Hannah will have it the rest of her life. Your poem is beautiful and bittersweet and just awesome.

  10. Boa tarde, é bom recordar e encontrar a menina linda de cabelo loiro é maravilhoso.

  11. This is so touching! I love it! (I hope your hubby is well!) Much Love!

  12. Stopping by to send more hugs. Hope you are doing ok Ygraine. Take care, G

  13. Aww! Such awesome memories of companionship. Still keeping you close to my heart in prayers.

    Hugs and kisses.

  14. How glad I am to find yet another adult who understands a child's need to hold a dear toy even after a number of years have passed.

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  16. Los lindos recuerdos que siempre vuelven.

  17. ... and so often, men may'nt admit to the same feelings; I will. _m

  18. Hope you are doing OK Ygraine. Thinking of you today. Sending more hugs, G

  19. Lovely photo and a wonderful poem. Very nostalgic.

    This poem reminds me of my younger days when I was carefree without any problems and worries. As we grow older we go back often to our childhood days as a source of comfort and joy.

    Best wishes

  20. Te mando un abrazo desde Murcia..que pases Felices Fiestas....

  21. Te mando un abrazo desde Murcia..que pases Felices Fiestas....

  22. Wow Ygraine, what a deeply moving piece, very beautiful and stirs my heart with emotion, vulnerability and sacred-sweetness ! Magical and heart-touching! Gorgeous picture lovely and precious!!
    Wishing you a beautiful day my sweet friend, hope you are doing well. thinking of you!
    Wishing you and your loved ones a beautiful 2016 full of many blessings and massive sparkles.

  23. Aw, so special that bear is to still carry memories so vivid. A lovely bitter-sweet piece of childhood magic.
    Thanks for sharing :)

  24. Dear Ygraine
    I have not been around Blogland for some time and went through a few of your posts.
    My heart was broken for you when I read of your husband , I have you both in my good thoughts and prayers!

    And I so loved your poem , so sweet and special

    Hugs and love

  25. oh, love the photo of both of you, such a beautiful couple!

    Best wishes always
    Have a wonderful Holiday (that I so hope) together
    And the New Year bring you many blessings and much joy!


  26. so, so touching my beautiful Ygraine, may Christmas and this new Year bring you ALL THAT YOU NEED AND YEARN FOR with love, Lorraine xoxoxox

  27. touching and o h so you dear Ygraine may this christmas and new year bring youall that you desire, with love,, xoxoxoxo, L.

  28. __Deep concern... our best wishes to you and yours, "Y".


  29. Hi everyone.
    I just wanted to thank you for all your kind thoughts and comments throughout what has been a truly harrowing time in my life. I can't even begin to express how much I appreciate each and every one of them. You have helped me to keep going when the odds were stacked so heavily against me, and I will appreciate that for the rest of my life. Thank you so, so, much.
    I will be back to visit you all in the New Year when, hopefully, things will be a little easier. I have really missed you.

    Wishing you all the very best of the Season's Greetings.
    Have a Wonderful Time...and a Magical New year!

    See you


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