Halfway Down

Halfway Down By A. A. Milne! “Halfway Down” is a poem written from a child’s standpoint about the distinctive spot in the center of the staircase. What makes it distinct is it’s no longer at the pinnacle or bottom, it’s now not upstairs or downstairs. It’s in a region all its own. Children have a splendidly special way of searching at the world.

Halfway Down,

Halfway down the stairs
Is a stair
Where I sit.
There isn’t any
Other stair
Quite like
It.
I’m not at the bottom,
I’m not at the top;
So this is the stair
Where
I always
Stop.

Halfway up the stairs
Isn’t up
And it isn’t down.
It isn’t in the nursery,
It isn’t in town.
And all sorts of funny thoughts
Run round my head.
It isn’t really
Anywhere!
It’s somewhere else
Instead!

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