Dickens’ David

Young David endured quite a lot
Step-father and sister he fought
to protect his Mum
and Peggotty some
those books* saved his mind from dry rot.

His trousers were tattered and torn,
for much better things he was born.
As life took a turn,
his bridges he burned,
and thrived though his aunt was forlorn.

Miss Trotwood had wanted a girl
to pamper and placate and curl
all boys were a mess
would not wear a dress
best educate them wind and whirl!

*Chpt.4,David Copperfield: “My father had left a small collection of books in a little room upstairs, to which I had access (for it adjoined my own) and which nobody else in our house ever troubled.”

Submitted by F H Lee

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