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First World woman

sewing
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Stitch, stitch stitch…
speed is essential,
so First World woman
can wear the right fashion.

Stitch stitch stitch…
my labour is cheap,
so First World woman who buys this creation
will have enough cash
to grab the next fashion.

Stitch, stitch, stitch…
I sew through my hunger,
so First World woman can have many outfits for every occasion,
and each one poised
at the apex of fashion.

Stitch, stitch, stitch…
Soon my babies will labour in sweatshops,
so First World woman can open her wardrobe and hang her new purchase,
pick through her dresses, keep all the best and discard the rest —
last year’s tat and the ones which don’t suit her,
don’t match her eyes, or don’t show her legs —
as it would be shameful to step out in less than
the latest, the brightest,
the hottest new fashion.

Stitch, stitch, stitch…
I’ll work til I drop,
while First World woman
demands better wages for her thirty hours,
so she can buy armfuls of this season’s fashions,
while me and my babies labour and sweat.

Stitch,

stitch,

stitch…

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©Jane Paterson Basil

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