Recycled Rose

Recycled Rose


Second-hand Rose, decried for wearing other people’s clothes,

Has been revived, reborn as the recycle queen.

Now old clothes have new euphemisms to label them,

New-to-you, vintage, retro, those very same clothes,

That we put into carrier bags, to take to charity shops,

Are transformed with accessories, a nice scarf,

A leather belt, glittering beads and vintage clutch.

Now Rose is revered for recycling, being so green.

As she walks down the street in other people’s cast-offs,

That cost so much less that what she would have paid,

In those designer label stores with designer label prices.

All hail! Recycled Rose, eco-warrior, our new green queen!


© Carolina de la Cruz – 19th April 2012


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