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The Family

 Hinemoa, Tui, Maina,
All of them were born together;
They are quite an extra special
Set of babies--wax and leather.
Every day they took an airing; Mummy made them each a bonnet; Two were cherry, one was yellow With a bow of ribbon on it.
Really, sometimes we would slap them, For if ever we were talking, They would giggle and be silly, Saying, "Mamma, take us walking.
" But we never really loved them Till one day we left them lying In the garden--through a hail-storm, And we heard the poor dears crying.
Half-Past-Six said--"You're a mother! What if Mummy did forget you?" So I said, "Well, you're their Father.
Get them!" but I wouldn't let you.

by Katherine Mansfield
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