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she was laid out 
in a natural wood box 
a rainbow pattern worked into the grain 
wearing a blue gingham dress 
and below the lower lid 
although you couldn't see them 
she wore glittering red shoes 

surrounding her were three of her closest friends 

the one fabricated from sheet metal 
would have removed his funnel 
but it was permanently welded to his head 
stray wisps from the straw one 
settled around her braided hair 
as he gave her one last hug 
the furry one 
buried his weeping eyes 
in the bushy end 
of his tail 

they were one and all inconsolable 

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