new coat

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she saved up her money,
week by week.
in dreams she gazed upon it,
felt its velvet softness
press her cheek.
she counted her coins
at bed time –
look, mummy!
all mine.

pockets heavy with greasy pennies,
oily from her excited hands,
she pointed.
that one – up there.
she’s been saving up,
says her mother.
ah, smiles the lady –
that’ll keep you warm.
nothing will get to you,
in that one!

now it hangs,
threadbare in a cold cupboard.
pockets still stuffed
with powdery tissues,
buttons and beads.

but she has grown up,
grown out of it,
and the world
got to her.

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