The Story of the Tea-making Coat Unsinkable or: a Plea for the Preservation of Antiques.


The coat: a grand apparatus
And it ever wilt be
Supreme in stature and status.
This is my tale, my plea.

I sleep in a dark room
When I am not worn.
Around me moths have loomed
Since the day I was born.

The moths are patiently waiting
To munch me clean through.
‘Pon me masticating
Now I’m no longer new.

In my day I made fine tea
For all who would allow
A coat near kettles large and wee.
And I served it with a bow.

I now rest on an old table
Next to discarded toys.
I am the coat unsinkable
Neglected by girls and boys.

The sun scampers through the trees
And all are gone but me.
Is there no one that I can please
With my fur, my warmth, my tea?

The moon is laughing at my plight.
It is doubtless he will leave.
To make him go away I might
Plug my neck-hole with a sleeve.

Glowworms bare their eerie light.
I do not wish to fuss,
But coats do not like the night
Unless someone is in us.

I recall one time when
Sleet fell like buckets of water
And my owner decided then
To drape me ‘pon his granddaughter.

I kept her dry as best I could
But was useless I admit
To the old man who was so good
And who payed dearly for it.

By fire we dried our strain
And the girl began to cry
For walking out in the rain
Made dear grandpa die.

There was nothing I could do, you see.
He had done the unthinkable.
I tried to cheer her up with tea
But was no longer the coat unsinkable.

Tortured by one thought,
More than I could smother,
I saved one life but ne’er forgot
In so doing took another.

Now I am for sale
And this event still lingers
In my mind, never stale,
Like songs by sad singers.

Doubtless time will not remember
The man who wore me proudly
And saved the girl that one December
And departed this world not loudly.

The moths are now chewing.
I still recall the old man’s deed.
Yet no one is pursuing
To buy me or pay me heed.

Not only can I keep you warm
And make you delicious tea,
But can tell of sacrifice not norm
If you’d open your ears and see.

Once the moths have finished,
You’ll have allowed a desecration.
And what this man did shall be diminished
To butterfly defecation.

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