INTERVIEWING MRS. WILKINSON: The Ring

She left me this ring.
It’s emerald, see?
The Queen gave it to her
one time when she was there.
I was a little scared of it
to tell the truth,
but when I told the Queen,
she said I should wear it on a chain
instead of on my finger.
There’s likely no power left in it,
but why ask for trouble?
So I don’t.  I just keep it here,
and now and again
I take it out and look at it.
It reminds me of Gram,
and the times I’ve been up in their land,
all the pretty things I’ve seen.

I haven’t been there for a long time,
but I guess someday they’ll come get me and I’ll stay.
Anyway, that’s what I hope.
I’ve got nobody here now,
and I like it there pretty well.

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