Disobedience Poem by Alan Alexander Milne

Disobedience

Rating: 3.7


James James
Morrison Morrison
Weatherby George Dupree
Took great
Care of his Mother,
Though he was only three.
James James Said to his Mother,
"Mother," he said, said he;
"You must never go down
to the end of the town,
if you don't go down with me."

James James
Morrison's Mother
Put on a golden gown.
James James Morrison's Mother
Drove to the end of the town.
James James Morrison's Mother
Said to herself, said she:
"I can get right down
to the end of the town
and be back in time for tea."

King John
Put up a notice,
"LOST or STOLEN or STRAYED!
JAMES JAMES MORRISON'S MOTHER
SEEMS TO HAVE BEEN MISLAID.
LAST SEEN
WANDERING VAGUELY:
QUITE OF HER OWN ACCORD,
SHE TRIED TO GET DOWN
TO THE END OF THE TOWN -
FORTY SHILLINGS REWARD!"

James James
Morrison Morrison
(Commonly known as Jim)
Told his
Other relations
Not to go blaming him.
James James
Said to his Mother,
"Mother," he said, said he:
"You must never go down to the end of the town
without consulting me."

James James
Morrison's mother
Hasn't been heard of since.
King John said he was sorry,
So did the Queen and Prince.
King John
(Somebody told me)
Said to a man he knew:
If people go down to the end of the town, well,
what can anyone do?"

(Now then, very softly)
J.J.
M.M.
W.G.Du P.
Took great
C/0 his M*****
Though he was only 3.
J.J. said to his M*****
"M*****," he said, said he:
"You-must-never-go-down-to-the-end-of-the-town-
if-you-don't-go-down-with-ME!"

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Gillian M Hart 23 March 2016

A very patronizing poem about women. Yuk!

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Ben Gieske 31 March 2007

I am laughing, singing, skipping like a young child reading a nursery rhyme. Very enjoyable and nice use of repetition.

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Edward Kofi Louis 24 March 2017

Somebody told me! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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Bernard F. Asuncion 24 March 2017

Golden gown.... thanks for posting....

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Sam 28 January 2021

Hilarious. This is about how tyrannical young children are about their mothers always remaining close. As a mother myself this really strikes a chord!

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Millie way 04 January 2018

I love this poem I learned it by heart and used it for school

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Douglas Scotney 24 March 2017

learn it and recite it to children

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Jeanette Telusma 24 March 2017

Love the flow... great flow.

5 1 Reply
Tom Allport 24 March 2017

a very rhythmic poem of a nonsensical act? well penned though!

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