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Mary-AnneShe was the nice little
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girl next door
'never commited a sin,'
'never did a thing wrong.'
She joined soccer, choir, chess
came home holding a freshly marked A+
every day of the week
in her innocent, clean hands
Her mum was her unsung hero
she did what she was told,
and did it gladly.
little Mary helped old ladies across the street
a sure sign of goodness, no?
She always came out to play
with me and my imaginary friend,
Princess Alexandra the 3rd.
Mary-Anne laughed one day.
"Look!" she exclaimed
"My pants are shrinking!"
They were inches above her ankles
and none of them too loose.
her parents laughed with her
the neighbourhood laughed with her
and so did the teachers.
What a joker, that Mary-Anne.
she drew her own shapes in the clouds
and we talked about
rainy days, the taste of coffee,
exchanging our letters from Santa
and built our own kingdoms
where we fought imaginary fights
for imaginary princes
she walked to school with a clip-on