Allan Ahlberg

Please Mrs Butler - Poem by Allan Ahlberg

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, 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 flower.
But don't ask me!

Comments about Please Mrs Butler by Allan Ahlberg

  • Robert Murray Smith (6/26/2016 2:01:00 AM)

    A funny poem. I enjoyed it.


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  • Kim Barney (11/8/2015 4:51:00 PM)

    Humorous poem. I'm glad I never had a teacher like Mrs. Butler. All of my teachers were caring and efficient. That's one of the reasons I became a teacher. (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams (11/8/2015 1:27:00 PM)

    An amusing story of most children's memory of school days (Report) Reply

  • Geeta Radhakrishna Menon (11/8/2015 11:33:00 AM)

    A very amusing poem.!
    I like the way, Allan talks to Mrs Butler!
    Please Mrs Butler, do whatever- but don't ask me!
    Sometimes, you really don't want to be disturbed! So realistic! !
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  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (11/8/2015 10:55:00 AM)

    Nicely written complaint, I liked it. (Report) Reply

  • (11/8/2015 3:46:00 AM)

    How sweet irony on the class dynamics! Like deja vu.. (Report) Reply

  • Seema Jayaraman (11/8/2015 1:51:00 AM)

    Light humor shared.. Mrs. Butler definetly was not in a mood to be disturbed! ! Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • (11/8/2015 12:24:00 AM)

    that's a laugh, Diana. (Report) Reply

  • (4/25/2009 3:42:00 AM)

    I am 27 years old, i was bron 1981 when i was a kid, i love Please Mrs Butler I still liked it and i read when i was born in Australia when was a child My Teacher Miss Lambert readed to my class when i was a child at school doing English (Report) Reply

  • (10/19/2004 2:58:00 AM)

    I love this poem when i was a kid, and it still makes me laugh now! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

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