Wind on the Hill

By A. A. Milne 1882–1956
No one can tell me,
   Nobody knows,
Where the wind comes from,
   Where the wind goes.
 
It’s flying from somewhere
   As fast as it can,
I couldn’t keep up with it,
   Not if I ran.
 
But if I stopped holding
   The string of my kite,
It would blow with the wind
   For a day and a night.
 
And then when I found it,
   Wherever it blew,
I should know that the wind
   Had been going there too.
 
So then I could tell them
   Where the wind goes . . .
But where the wind comes from
   Nobody knows.

A. A. Milne, “Wind on the Hill” from The Complete Poems of Winnie-the-Pooh. Copyright © The Trustees of the Pooh Properties reproduced with permission of Curtis Brown Limited, London.

Source: The Complete Poems of Winnie-the-Pooh (Dutton, 1998)

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Poet A. A. Milne 1882–1956

POET’S REGION England

Subjects Activities, Sports & Outdoor Activities, Nature, Weather

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Poet, writer, playwright, and journalist Alan Alexander Milne was born in London. His father was the headmaster at Henley House School, and Milne studied there under H.G. Wells. He earned a BA in mathematics at Cambridge University before moving to London, where he worked as the assistant editor of the humor magazine Punch for eight years (1906–1914). Milne served as an officer in the British army in World War I, after which he . . .

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SUBJECT Activities, Sports & Outdoor Activities, Nature, Weather

POET’S REGION England

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