Lucinda was brought up by Ogres,
from early in her youth.
She considered herself to be smart and refined,
she considered the Ogres uncouth.
She dreamt her original family
were princes and princesses,
who ate ice cream with delicate spoons
and wore suits and silken dresses.
She tried to tell the Ogres
what was, or was not, in vogue
instead they wore sacks, and comestible snacks,
and replied “Is that so? Is that so?”
“Don’t lick your spoon, don’t pick your nose
and always wipe your feet -
Oh Ogres! ” said Lucinda
“Why can’t you be more neat?”
But still the Ogres smiled at her
in a way that seemed goofy and slow,
and they just carried on with their Ogre-like ways
saying “HUM! Is that so? Is that so?”
One day as Lucinda was dusting the mice
and teaching the spiders to read,
the Ogres approached with cautious smiles:
“Your real parents are coming to tea!”
“Perhaps” said Lucinda “it would be best
if you both just kept out of the way...
I’ll do my best to look after our guests,
as long as they’re willing to stay”
“Is that so?” said the Ogres, and meekly retired
while Lucinda began to prepare:
she made cucumber sandwiches, green grass soup
and strawberry cream eclaires.
And sure enough, at 3 o’clock
a large black car rolled up,
and out stepped a proper Prince and Princess!
(and a plump looking Pekenese pup).
“My dear, oh how charming!” the Princess declared
as she entered the house without knocking,
“but who does your curtains and wallpaper dear?
the clashing is really quite shocking!”
“Its not me - its the Ogres” Lucinda declared
“please come and do sit yourselves down -
I’ve made scones and french biscuits as well if you like -
and how are the fashions in town?”
But the Prince and the Princess did not seem to hear
they just ate and they ate and they ate!
The pup ran around and gobbled the crumbs
so that nothing was left on the plates.
“I’m sure they won’t mind if we took a few things
as a token of fond reminiscence”
said the Prince as he pocketed most of the spoons
in a manner both sly and efficient
“The tablecloth too, they won’t miss a bit
And the candlesticks do have some charm
We’ll liberate you from those curtains too,
and some crockery would do no harm”
“ Well this has been lovely!” they gushingly said
as they urgently rushed at the door -
“we mustn’t stay - we’d be a bore -
you’ve lots to do I'm sure!”
Lucinda, Lucinda was left all forlorn
in an empty and desolate room!
The Ogres appeared and found her in tears
in a mood of mournful gloom
Reflecting how patient the Ogres had been
Lucinda then made up her mind:
nobility comes not from fashion or birth
but from hearts that are caring and kind.
“I’m so sorry Ogres - they’ve taken the lot -
including your liquorice shoes!”
“Is that so?” they replied with wide toothy smiles
“we’re just glad that they didn’t take YOU!”