Teddy Bear’s Fairy Tale


He took me for a walk today.

We went to Uncle Tree’s to play.

He held my paw along the way,

so I could move, and swing, and sway.


I love the boy, and he loves me!

He hugs his teddy tenderly.

On our way home, I chanced to see

a leprechaun out running free.


I’d heard about such things before

in fairy tales and old folk’s lore,

but never ever had I seen

a little man dressed all in green.


He waited ’till we’d gone on past

to run across the road real fast.

He quickly vanished in the trees,

where rainbows dwell and life’s a breeze.


Line art illustration courtesy of Aaron Pocock



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March 15, 2010


96 thoughts on “Teddy Bear’s Fairy Tale

  1. Awesome Uncle Tree- your writings are always such a pleasure to read. I love that this is written from the view point of the teddy… Very creative… Thanks for sharing.. 8)

  2. Thanks, Mark!

    My teddy and I…well, we didn’t have
    much of a peaceful parting. It’s one of my
    earliest retained memories. This was payback
    for the way I treated him. Boys will be boys, yes.

  3. Aawww…thank you, Madame PMAdesigns!
    (If there’s a name you go by, please tell me.)

    Aaron did go on to paint this one, and he posted it today on his site.
    It is enticingly pretty, you ought to check it out. This guy is good!

    I wrote this childish poem after seeing his cute drawing, and then I
    asked if I could borrow it. He said, “Yes.” He’s such a nice guy. πŸ™‚
    We’re currently working on a color fix. You’ll see what I mean if you
    decide to take a look over yonder at Aaron’s place. There’s more…

    I’m really glad you thought this was a feel-good combination. Yeah! UT

  4. This is really cute.
    I love it!
    (and what a great sketch by Aaron!)

    ‘Tis almost the day of rainbows and leprechauns and …
    green beer

  5. Kate! Kate! Kate!

    Come back and take a look-see!
    Aaron’s gifted me with a couple of prizes.
    Rainbow Eyes now has a face, and he’s got me nose, too!
    And, I’ve posted a reconfigured painted picture of Teddy Bear’s tale.
    It’s all good…so good…so good. Talk about luck, that’s me!
    I’m just really, really thrilled you stopped by.
    Good timing, little lady! Green beer?
    You vegan, you.

    Luvz & hugz, Keith πŸ™‚

  6. Uncle Tree ! This is beautiful ! I sense a great collaborative project coming on. What a beautiful book of children’s poetry, pictures and stories of pair of you could create !

  7. poverty?
    you are rich
    with lots of green leaves
    and a kind heart
    that always reminds us
    sadness soon leaves


    happy Saint Patrick’s Day to you too, dear friend…
    i did’t know much about this day… i googled it and read some interesting facts about this marvelous person… and how he helped Ireland… the celeberation… wearing green and all that…
    yesterday we had the festival of fire in Iran…
    (have you ever the similarity between these two words… Iran and Ireland?
    it’s because of their roots… )
    may you be green always
    with a neverdying fire in your kind heart

  8. You’re a very kind-hearted human being, human being.
    Around here…
    St. Patrick’s Day’s celebration is deciphered as:
    a good excuse to drink in the middle of the week.
    I be a havin’ a Guinness me self. It be strong medicine.

    Except for e-l-d, Iran sounds like a song by
    A Flock Of Seagulls. Irish seagulls, that is. πŸ˜‰

    Thank you for the kind wishes!
    May you forever stay all too human,
    and never stop hugging trees! πŸ™‚

    Cheers to harmony! UT

  9. Hi dear uncle, I always remember and sometimes miss your kind words, but nowadays I am needing more peacful time to connect with your word properly.
    I am amazed at the ilustrations, how well they represent the text, besides they are lovelly, and trendy, you know that the black and white one is very similar to famous drawings done in the book alice in wonderland, which became a kind of hype nowadays.
    Glad to see you have done such a nice work, and that you keep exploring new paths to express yourself.

  10. Hello, sweet niece!
    I’m glad you were able to come in peace,
    and leave with a feeling of wonder and amazement.

    I don’t want you thinking backwards like some historical Alice,
    so I will set the record straight just for old time’s sake.

    With this one, Aaron’s illustration came first. When I set my gaze
    upon it, I saw a little story in the making. After a few days, I took
    the initiative, and came up with these words to go along with Aaron’s
    cute idea. I then kindly asked Aaron if I could use (borrow) his work.
    He was very cooperative. I felt I owed him one, because he’s the one
    who stuck his neck out by taking a chance on me, Uncle Tree.

    This was sort of an “Alice Meets Winnie The Pooh” affair. A new path
    for me is correct. Never before had I attempted to write for a very
    young audience. Not a nursery rhyme, necessarily, but a rather
    simple and elementary poem was called for in this case.

    I do thank you for your continuing encouragement.
    So you think it was trendy, too. Hmmm…that’s interesting.
    Have a nice day, Mariana! See you soon. πŸ˜‰ UT

  11. did I ever tell you why I was so pissed off at you way back when? I had heard David on the tonight show complaining that some persons were getting old and didn’t hear to well anymore. He said the miracle aid helped him see so much better, and I just had to laugh ( cause the drums went baugh boom tish )


    I was walking down the street one day and found a miracle aid stuck to the ground. I was going to bring it home and give it to you, i wanted to try it out first so I stuck it in my ear. I soon found out it wasn’t what I thought it was, it was a piece of ABC gum. All the time I left it in I actually heard worse (baugh boom tish)

    here the real deal meercoolaid father tree

  12. In answer to your question, Dusty,
    that be a negative. Do you copy?

    Teddy thought the gum joke was funny! He ribbed me and I πŸ™‚
    The meerkats are cool cats. I liked the 5-second otter pic myself.

    Yeah, yeah! Bauddha-boom’s back-at-cha! Do you know where you are?

  13. Tree, I sure don’t (know where I am)

    I just need a little help, just today I thought about the negative theory

    Your mommamountapia is much better spelled than my attempt

    I am really starting to lose it though, I was fed so many falsities

    can you tell me where somewhere to go where that won’t happen

    somewhere where I will be helped instead of hindered

  14. Thank you, song sparrow!
    I’m glad you like the match-up
    I also think very highly of Aaron’s artwork.
    Simply amazing is right on the money. He could
    easily fit in at Disney World Productions — the way I see it.

    Happy Friday to you! πŸ™‚ UT

  15. “Planet Earth to Dusty. Do you read me?” πŸ™‚
    Or, as Lao Tse might say, “This is it. This is the only place there is.”
    No where is quite a sticky place to try and go with the flow. We are
    all hindered in one form or another. There are no exceptions to the rule.
    It’s difficult to let go of our old ways of thinking and perceiving. Check
    your expectations, they’re usually the culprit in this type of case.

    There are no straight lines in Nature. Just wave “Hello!” to the wave,
    hang ten, hang on, hang loose, and hang in there with it. Peace, UT

  16. Hi dear uncle, I just found the original manuscript images of alice in wonderland and thought you might like to see the pictures, which I thought reminded me of the beautiful drawings you are working with nowadays, here is an image:http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/ttp/alice/accessible/page67lge.html

    and here is the main page where you can check all the book pages:
    Hope you found this interesting.
    Love to you dear uncle

  17. Thank you for offering that up, Mariana.

    I thought the tree drawings were pretty good,
    but Alice’s face…well, mediocre at best.

    Aaron is bunches better in my book.
    Wait ’till you see the dryad, or wood nymph that he drew.
    I wrote a little ditty for that, too.

    Luvz and hugz backatcha, sweet niece!

  18. Dear Tipota,
    Your very own leprechaun painting and poem were awesome!
    The wonders never cease in a world that amazes thee.
    May they fill thy cup to the brim, time and again.

    Nice to meet you, and thanks for everything! πŸ˜‰ UT

  19. Thank you, Kim! Nice to meet you.
    Working with Aaron’s artwork has been a blast.

    Your faery paintings were a joy to behold. Albino? Cool idea! πŸ™‚
    Thanks for stopping by to take a look! UT

  20. Beautiful fairy tale.. πŸ™‚
    I was lost inside the story.. seemed it was running in a motion, I stood there watching all that happen..

    Wishing you a beautiful 2011
    Love xoxox

  21. I like the feeling of a fairytale, beautiful and thoughtful. May you have many fairytales in 2011. Thank you very much for your visits and comments at Scent of my heart!

  22. Nice to read some light hearted fairytale type storytelling / poetry here.
    That illustration is incredible, i remember following this Aaron Pocock for a while not sure why i stopped really. lol

  23. Hey there, Richard! πŸ™‚ Glad you liked it!
    Aaron is an incredible artist, and he is still going strong.
    From what he told me two weeks ago, it sounds like
    he will be somewhat famous in Australia by the end of this year.

    Take care, dude!

  24. Thank you, Jingle πŸ™‚ Happy Monday! (?)


    So glad you liked this little kiddy, Gayle!
    πŸ™‚ I much enjoyed putting words to a few of Aaron’s works.

  25. Hello, I may be butting in (beautiful poetry so very glad I did) but Mariana Soffer asked me to come over and mention to you that I do a lot of publishing for authors on the net. If you want any of my learned info then please just give me a shout – happy to help. πŸ™‚

  26. Beautiful story Keith! glad to see you writing! love the illustrations too! I have a new facebook for 2zpoint it is still stuart steele and it looks like the other but I thought how cool would it be for my favorite authors to meet so don’t let it confuse you as it comes through I’m still working on it and on this site you are encouraged to post links and stuff you have written to get to know the others! Any way expect the request! Peace man!

  27. Hello there, Narnie! πŸ™‚ Nice to meet you!
    I thank you kindly for the offer. How very nice of you
    to reach out to a complete stranger with your gift of benevolence.

    If ever comes the day when I believe my work is worthy of publishing,
    I will certainly look you up and pick your brain for learned info.
    That Mariana is something else! She has been quite supportive of me.
    Looks like I owe her a favor in return. Hmmm…I feel mischievous.

  28. So very glad you liked this, Stuart!
    It’s an oldie but goody, methinks.

    πŸ™‚ We are now friends twice over.
    Thank you for the invitation!
    If this whirlwind ever slows…

  29. Uncle Tree – you may laugh, but my faithful Teddy Bear, Bumbles, has weathered years of overseas postings (conflict zones inclusive) by my side… He’s a little worn out, but still offers his comforting cuddle when The World seems Dark & Scary (!)

    grace, peace & worn out Teddy Bears – Virginia : )

  30. Oh, I certainly won’t laugh at either of you for that. You see,
    my Teddy and me had a falling out when I was 5 or so. Well,
    more like he had his stuffing falling out after…after…TB abuse.
    This poem was sorta my way of asking his forgiveness.

    No, actually, after Aaron did my caricature, I saw the artwork
    above on his website, and I wrote this little ditty as a comment.
    He liked it, so I asked him if I could borrow it. He agreed.
    Such a good guy. Really! He let me borrow a few more also. πŸ™‚

    That’s how I got my motto: “Putting music to words, and words to
    pictures.” On a commission, Aaron recently finished a group
    of stamps for his country, Australia. Dude is famous now, the
    way I see it. I got lucky for sure. UT is world-renowned thanks
    to Mr. Pocock. He’d already drawn several trees with faces,
    and I just up and asked him if he could put my face on one.
    He had it done in like two days. I loved it. It’s a great draw.

    πŸ˜‰ Peace, luvz and hugz to you and Bumbles, Virginia!

  31. I enjoyed this poem and the accompanying picture. The painting reminds me of when I was little, I was probably about 5 or 6 at the time, and I remember in my class we had a teddy bears picnic one afternoon. It was great fun.

  32. You there, dear Uncle Tree. Hello sir! It’s been forever, I have finally landed on your branch again. It’s soothes me to read and go over the blog world, and of course, yours is one of the first I had to see. This is such beautiful and innocent peace. Five stars to that my old friend.

  33. I’ve missed you, Butterfly! I know – it’s such a big world,
    and your wings can only take you so far in one day,
    and you have several days to live, laugh, love and fly free.

    My dear Rhee, thank you so much for coming this way once more!
    My poor bare branches loved your colorful interlude.
    You’ve always been kind and complimentary.

    Quite gratefully, your Uncle Tree
    πŸ™‚ Peace, luvz, and hugz

  34. Thank you, Elena! Aaron Pocock is quite the big star these days
    in Australia. He’s the artist who created my caricature – for free.
    Great guy I just happened to meet via WordPress.

    Hope you have a Happy St. Paddy’s Day. πŸ™‚ Cheerz, Uncle Tree

  35. What a sweet compliment! πŸ™‚ Thank you kindly, Em!
    Nice to meet you! β™₯ Blessings from the Heart of America!

    Happy St. Paddy’s Day! 2014 to you as well. Uncle Tree β–²

  36. This makes me long for feet pajamas, a teddy bear of my own, and a world that is forever filled with wonder and adventure.

    Thank you for writing this!

  37. Thank you for bringing me to your site. I loved your poem and have pinned it to my Pinterest account so that I can access it when I teach poetry to my library classes.

  38. Yeah!!! πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for allowing me to share!
    I’m pleased to know it passed the mustard.
    Cheerz to you, Mama C! Peace and luvz, Uncle Tree β–²

  39. Oh, yes, Inese! Those ornery li’l rascals
    are about to fill the fields with lucky charms guaranteed
    to wing a tale within one’s imagination…or else!

    I pray you enjoy yourself a HaPPy Saint Patrick’s DaY. Cheerz to blue and yellow! πŸ™‚ UT

  40. I have a lot of “shoulds”, Wayne. So many, in fact,
    that I try not to ever use that darn word. Nice to know you believe so, tho. Thank you!
    Perhaps, once I retire…anywhoo — the artist here, who also drew my caricature, is Aaron Pocock. He is currently illustrating children’s books. At one point, I think he wanted me to work with him, but I was, and still am, a mere novice, and I have to keep my “real” job at the Japanese factory until I’m 66. 😦

    Here is another leprechaun pic he allows me to use, and my favorite tale to go with it:


  41. With reddish-hair, freckles, and ruddy arms, I presume I’m not all German.
    I have to frickin’ work 8 hours tomorrow, but I’ll have a 6-pack of Smithwick’s Irish Red Ale chillin’ and waitin’ in the fridge for ol’ UT. πŸ™‚ Cheerz to optimistic leprechauns!

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