Stern Miss Frugle always said

To Peter and his sister,

‘After school you’ll stay behind

If you so much as whisper.’

Then one winter afternoon

While skating on thin ice,

The children saw it crack and Miss

Frugle vanish in a trice.

People wondered where she’d gone,

But no-one really missed her,

And she was never found because

Peter and his sister

didn’t so much as whisper

didn’t so much as whisper.

I bought a copy of Gargling with Jelly by Brian Patten partially because it is illustrated by Chris Riddell. I also bought it because I loved this poem. My brother is named Peter. My sister Clare. Somehow, perhaps this reminded me of them…