Brian Patten – Mary’s Lamb

(Poem No.44 of my favourite short poems)

Brian Patten made his name in the 1960s as one of the Liverpool Poets, alongside Adrian Henri and Roger McGough.  He has written over fifty poetry books for both Adults and children.   Patten’s style is generally lyrical and his subjects are primarily love and relationships, but I have taken this, slight, but amusing poem, from one of his earliest collections of poems for children ‘Thawing Frozen Frogs’.

Marys Lamb


Mary had a little lamb,
Its fleece was white as snow,
And everywhere that Mary went
The lamb was sure to go.

She went into the butcher’s,
Came out with some lamb chops.
I would never follow Mary
Into any kind of shops!


Brian Patten (From: ’Thawing Frozen Frogs’ – Puffin Books, 1992; Illustration by David Mostyn)


8 thoughts on “Brian Patten – Mary’s Lamb

  1. Ha Ha ! There seems to be a ‘Northern’ style Roland, very loose I grant, but which overlaps with the folk music scene, such as Jake Thackray, Mike Harding and influences the song lyrics of today’s Northern rock bands such Arctic Monkeys, Anyway, thank you that made me smile !

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