Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Waiting at the Window

~ A. A. Milne (1882-1956)

These are my two drops of rain
Waiting on the window-pain.

I am waiting here to see
Which the winning one will be.

Both of them have different names.
One is John and one is James.

All the best and all the worst
Comes from which of them is first.

James has just begun to ooze.
He's the one I want to lose.

John is waiting to begin.
He's the one I want to win.
James is going slowly on.
Something sort of sticks to John.

John is moving off at last.
James is going pretty fast.

John is rushing down the pane.
James is going slow again.

James has met a sort of smear.
John is getting very near.

Is he going fast enough?
(James has found a piece of fluff.)

John has hurried quickly by.
(James was talking to a fly.)

John is there, and John has won!
Look!  I told you!  Here's the sun!


  1. How delightful! If I ever read this before I'd forgotten it, but I'll surely save it now.

    1. I don't remember whether I ever did this at home but my brother and I always had raindrop races on the car window when we were driving in the rain. So fun thinking of that being something that children everywhere have done for ages.


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