Please Mrs Butler

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 is 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 flower.
But don’t ask me.

From Collected Poems. 

Why not try...
  • talking about Derek Drew and Mrs Butler. What do you think about what happens in the poem?
  • answering the question: What else could happen in the classroom?
  • creating some verses of your own to add to this poem.
  • performing the poem in pairs.

Resources

Videos

AA P1 Please Mrs Butler Vimeo Optimum

Allan Ahlberg - Please Mrs Butler