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  • Lisa Rhodes-Ryabchich

Thoughts for a Penny

Published on April 13 on the Ancient Paths Facebook page.

On the sidewalk, After the soft snow fell Over stark tree branches Bouncing neatly Over the white hospital walls, And caking outside the windows After I had sat smiling With a senile woman Moaning about her daughter’s Whereabouts And the anonymous footsteps That had passed in front Of her door and which did not stop The never ending silence Distilling her sad cry’s, I saw a crucifix Engraved in the concrete As I passed across the hospital’s Red EXIT sign Clutching a crucifix, cut Inside a penny That I had found gleaming Under the sun Earlier in the morning.

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