Lal used to write poetry to celebrate various occasions in the family. She wrote the poem below 57 years ago, in celebration of her God-daughter Mavis' 21st birthday, based on the name Mavis being used for the song thrush. A transcription is beneath the handwritten poem.
Definition: mavis, noun literary, a song thrush
Origin: late Middle English: from Old French mauvis, of unknown origin
Transcript of Poem
In commemoration of the day she was born, May 4th 1935.
One May morning, twenty-one years ago,
A Mavis was singing, softly and low.
And it whistled right across to its mate,
"There is news of importance to relate".
What news asked the thrush have you to convey,
That you are rendering such sweet display?
"Well not very far away this same morn,
A beautiful fair maiden has been born,
As fair as a lily, with eyes so brown,
Born of a fam'ly of highest renown".
Then they both sang in a complaisant air,
For that new born babe of their name did share.
So Mavis today, we all think of you,
And tender best birthday wishes anew.
And just as those birds sang up in that tree,
May your life's pathway be sweet harmony.
And may we be spared long with you to say,
"Here's to your health on this fourth day of May."