The Poetry Of Joyce Lankester Brisley

Milly-Molly-Mandy Stories (1928) opens with the following piece of verse:

It's good to be sitting still,
And it's good to be running wild,
And it's good to be by yourself alone
Or with another child.

And whether the child's grown up,
Or whether the child is small,
So long as it really is a Child
It doesn't matter at all.

Somewhat later, in Milly-Molly-Mandy and Dum-dum, there is the following poem about Milly-Molly-Mandy's duck (note that the incorrect apostrophe in "its" comes direct from the original text):

Milly-Molly had a duck.
It's little head was green.
And everywhere that Milly went.
That duck was to be seen!

These two poems eloquently demonstrates that, despite her considerable skills as an artist and success as an author of children's stories, Brisley was no poet.

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