Please – Mrs Butler

I have friends and family who are currently on the summer break and who incidentally are teachers in the UK which means they are probably amongst not only the least rewarded but also the least appreciated people in the United Kingdom.

It makes me smile that this poem in the last week of term may be very applicable to most teachers.

Enjoy.

PLEASE MRS BUTLER


ALLAN AHLBERG 1938 –


Please Mrs Butler

This boy Derek Drew

Keeps copying my work, Miss.

What shall I do?

Go and sit in the hall, dear.

Go and sit in the sink.

Take your books on the roof, my lamb

Do whatever you think.

Please Mrs Butler

This boy Derek Drew

Keeps taking my rubber, Miss

What shall I do?

Keep it in your hand, dear

Hide it up your vest

Swallow it if you like, my love

Do what you think best

Please Mrs Butler

This boy Derek Drew

Keeps calling me rude names, Miss

What shall I do?

Lock yourself in the cupboard, dear

Run away to sea

Do whatever you can, my dear

But – “don’t ask me”