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Penny Thoughts

02.14.19 Posted in today's words by

John Delaney’s most recent poem to appear here was “Dream Batter” (December 2018)

Penny Thoughts
By John Delaney

Scooped from my pocket,
you make me realize,
by coin-cidence,
how time is loosely spent.
We were minted in the same year:
a wheat cent and a baby boomer.
Awash in the world,
we lost our luster
with the masses,
often nickel and dimed.
At times jailed in a jar,
you saved your freedom
for a charitable cause.
How many debts have you paid?
How many dollars broken?
What was wished on you,
and where and why?
Did it ever come true?
Hard to imagine such a small thing—
one might say “insignificent”—
could make everything
and everyone
Our shared destiny
is to keep circulating,
making change,
defining the difference.

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