The Penny

The Penny

A Poem by JE_Platypus
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Small moments...

"
The Penny, coarse and flat,
Feels cool between my fingers,
It keeps my hand company in a 
Dark Empty Pocket.

I found it there, buried in the soft folds.
No doubt the result of dryer magic.
Like an electron, here and there,
Free to appear wherever it likes.

I hold it tight between my thumb and index finger,
Feel its ridged reality
But I know that soon my mind will wander
It will disappear.

I would never spend it.
On what?
I wouldn’t think to save it either.
Another will come along easily enough.

And yet, like the brilliance of a midnight epiphany,
Soon I will forget.
It will drift from my mind.
Where did I place it? 

But that is later.

For now...

I'm not searching for dollars
for more and many,
the countless many
propelling the future relentlessly forward.

The Penny is warm against my hand
Comfortably wrapped
In a cotton cocoon,
For one moment more. 

Slowly emerging, 
                            Born to the world,
Phasing into time
                            from some dreamless place.

Kissed by my thumb it leaps,
A metallic flip in the morning light,
End 
      over 
            End, 

Faded Lincoln, 1999.

© 2016 JE_Platypus


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an interesting conjurer's illusion. The structure and flow is consistent, a strong partner to the reaching theme. The language of the symbolism is quite striking, the imagery turned just enough to refract light.
I would suggest that the use capital letters for each of the words in the fourth line is unnecessary, but not a deal breaker in any way. The form seems to escape in the last half, either by purposeful design for style or simply as a result of a natural alteration as it reaches for the conclusion, I am unsure.
Still a lovely work, which ended with "Faded Lincoln, 1999.", perhaps an alternate title for this piece?

Posted 6 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

JE_Platypus

6 Years Ago

Thanks for the suggestions! Your right, "Faded Lincoln, 1999" is a better title. Also, about the str.. read more
JE_Platypus

6 Years Ago

...I think I meant *you're right.


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an interesting conjurer's illusion. The structure and flow is consistent, a strong partner to the reaching theme. The language of the symbolism is quite striking, the imagery turned just enough to refract light.
I would suggest that the use capital letters for each of the words in the fourth line is unnecessary, but not a deal breaker in any way. The form seems to escape in the last half, either by purposeful design for style or simply as a result of a natural alteration as it reaches for the conclusion, I am unsure.
Still a lovely work, which ended with "Faded Lincoln, 1999.", perhaps an alternate title for this piece?

Posted 6 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

JE_Platypus

6 Years Ago

Thanks for the suggestions! Your right, "Faded Lincoln, 1999" is a better title. Also, about the str.. read more
JE_Platypus

6 Years Ago

...I think I meant *you're right.
I love how you described everything that happens to the penny. To be honest I always loses my penny's to. Keep writing its great!

Posted 6 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Significance within common insignificance? Well done!

Posted 6 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

I love that you made an entire poem out of a penny. I enjoyed every second of this poem, it was a very fun read. it was super creative. I love the ending " Kissed by my thumb it leaps, a metallic flip in the morning light, end over end, Faded Lincoln 1999." That is my favorite part of the whole poem. I enjoyed how you wrote " end over end" as if it were falling to the ground or flipping through the air. This piece was beyond excellent.

Posted 6 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

JE_Platypus

6 Years Ago

Thanks for the comments! I'm glad the end over end part was viewed as the penny flipping through the.. read more

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