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Collection Penny ©

Stella
Fife, Scotland
2005

I was three and the youngest there
We put our pennies in a red velvet bag
We were told that Africa needed them
More than we did

I was five and I saw a globe
Pink and more pink
Amongst the blue blue sea
I spun it and saw a rainbow

I was a student and changes were afoot
Europe was the big thing
I thought Mastrick was in Aberdeen
Less pink on the map

I was a Mother and saw hunger
In my own living room
I saw Ethiopia each night
On the television in the corner

As I fed my baby and washed her
Laid her in her clean soft bed
I wept for the nations left to survive
Pink into dust bowls

For red velvet bag
Read red leather box
Governments' ability to help
Go make a rainbow


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