Recent research suggests that poorer children may be behaving rationally rather than impulsively in not delaying gratification as Mischel’s original study proposed
Oh Mr Mischel What shall I do? I’d like a mallow now I won’t wait for two. We’ve no jam today Never mind tomorrow. I eat a mallow when I can – It’s difficult to swallow.
Oh Mr Mischel I know what to do. I want a mallow now But I can wait for two. My Daddy’s Mr Jam Tomorrow Mr Mallow. He’s sending workers home. He’s sending me to Harrow.
Jeff Skinner is a retired librarian and trade union rep. His poems have appeared online the Stare’s Nest, Crowsfeet, Clear Poetry, Ground Poetry – as well as on a Guernsey bus. He was shortlisted in last year’s Wells Poetry Competition and he reads at Exeter Poets Uncut.