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Thoughts for a Penny

October 24, 2019

 

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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