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