Sunday, December 05, 2010


The days become
a jar full of pennies
to count out on the table,
fifty to the stack.

Oh, here's an old wheat,
real copper. They don't
make those, any more.
No, not any more.

Let's put it in
another jar, a jar full
of yesterday's pennies
and roll the rest of these.

Stephen Brooke ©2010

For the too-young, 'wheat' refers to the design on the back of pennies, up until 1958. We called them 'wreath' pennies, sometimes, because the two stalks of wheat form a wreath.

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