Day 7

Miss Montgomery’s Final Bequest

Written by Mary Paulson-Ellis

© Museum of Childhood, Edinburgh

Not a monumental doll’s house,
Electricity and 1d to view
The poker,
The piano,
The ham.

But a tree’s dark branches
Dripping icicles,
Spirals of lead
Glimmering silver
As she takes one final turn.

A faded Southern belle
In pink and green
She surveys her last Christmas.

Above her the car collector’s gift unfolds
Concertina style
A stream of tissue paper tongues.

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