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Ballad of Miss Dutton

Ballad of Little Miss Dutton

When I first attended infants school, my teacher was called Miss Dutton. The name seemed to suit her; a good natured, petite, pretty but somewhat prim young lady. Her main function as I recollect it was to teach us to sit still with our hands in our laps, a position happily adopted my many little girls but not favoured by the boys. 
This little narrative poem is pure fiction, but bearing in mind the situation at that time in history, could have been true.

Little Miss Dutton, 
Bright as a button on 
Sits with hands in her lap just so
Neat and petite, 
Friendly and sweet,
With little girls all in a row

Quiet and demure,
Polite and pure
She teaches girls how to behave
Not like the rough boys
Scuffing shoes, making noise,
Shooting guns, the things little boys crave

But little Miss Dutton
Bright as a button 
Has a secret, her own rough boy
Though with her he is gentle
He's a force regimental
Has a gun and it's not just a toy

They'll live life in clover
When this trouble's all over
But meanwhile they'll make the best
Who can say what's to be
Before the world is made free
'til then hope that their lives are blessed

Little Miss Dutton
Bright as a button
Today has an extra bright gleam
For one sacred day's leave
To themselves they can cleave
Live each hour in a blissful dream

They have sworn true love now
And he's made solemn vow
To return when he's finished his chore
He tries fears to dispel
Kisses fondest farewell
Then he's gone  - and it's June ' 44.

Little Miss Dutton
Bright as a button
Sits there now and a sad smile she yields
But for him it's all over
He touched the clover
Now at peace in a Normandy field

Quiet and demure,
Polite and pure
Girls follow in every way true
Not like the rough boys
Scuffing shoes, making noise,
Shooting guns - that's what little boys do.

Copyright © Geoffrey Brewer | Year Posted 2017