Button Box

I loved playing with the buttons

in ‘Grandma’ Kirk’s button box.

She wasn’t my real grandma

but mum’s friend 

who used to have a Chip Shop nearby.

When she died ‘Auntie’ Stacey,

(who wasn’t my real aunt either),

took the money 

that Grandma Kirk had hidden 

under the floorboards,

even though it had been left to mum.

She was a bad ‘un,

my mum said.

The £200 that was in the bank

was all that was left.

She showed the bank manager

the hole in the floor.

He looked amazed

my mum said.

He said to leave it with him

and she heard no more.

I inherited the button box.



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