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Poem by Katherine Mansfield


Little Brothers Story


We sat in front of the fire;
Grandmother was in the rocking chair doing her knitting
And Little Brother and I were lying down flat.
Please tell us a story, Grandmother, we said.
But she put her head on one side and began counting the stitches,
Suppose you tell me one instead.
I made up one about a spotted tiger
That had a knot in his tail;
But though _I_ liked this about the knot,
I did not know why it was put there.
So I said: Little Brothers turn.
I know a perfect story, he cried, waving his hands.
Grandmother laid down her knitting.
Do tell us, dear.
Once upon a time there was a bad little girl
And her Mummy gave her the slipper, and thats all.
It was not a very special story.
But we pretended to be very pleased
And Grandmother gave him jumps on her lap.



Katherine Mansfield


Katherine Mansfield's other poems:
  1. Deaf House Agent
  2. Across the Red Sky
  3. A Little Girls Prayer
  4. Grown-Up Talk
  5. Now I Am a Plant, a Weed


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