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My white wool coat
is second hand
or vintage if you prefer

one button off for months

I don't lose it

It is in the pocket
without a hole

each day

I think about mending it

A second button comes loose

I sew all four buttons on
with pink thread

old pink thread
and not button thread
which is stronger

old pink thread
so no money goes
to breast cancer awareness
to treatment
to prevention

pink thread
holds each button on
my coat

I button four buttons
to put on my coat
each button is a prayer
with pink thread
for my sister

I unbutton my coat
buttons with pink thread
each button is a prayer
for all the other people
whose stories I don't know

This isn't really useful either but I still cry every time I see it.
hopes...

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