If I Had A Penny

If I Had A Penny

A Poem by Mel

Viva pessimism. Long may she reign.

If I had a penny
For every thought I thunk
I’d take all my savings downtown
to get purple staggerin' drunk

I’d throw coins at store windows
Watch glass break into shatters
Webs of glinting light
For every thought that matters

If I had a nickel
For every moment wasted
I’d tether dollars to a pole
Just to watch you chase it

I’d sprinkle cents into gutters
And wait until the water clogs
Then we’d all swim in sewage floods
And give this city to the dogs

If I got a smile from you
For every curse I spat
I’d hurl them out like poison
And never take them back

The muscles in your face would ache
Your eyes would drown in tears
Your smile would not cannot break
And I’d be laughing in your ears

© 2016 Mel

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Wow! This is so very well written, i enjoyed this write a lot

Posted 1 Year Ago

this is like saying to someone..." a penny for your thoughts?"
on second whim...never mind...I'll just give you a quarter to keep quiet....otherwise i feel you will depress me...
really like the lines about the smiles and curses spat.
as Chris said...humor and imagination but with woeful tones as well.

Posted 1 Year Ago

Lighthearted and fun. I do like poetry with some humour and imagination. This has both.


Posted 1 Year Ago


1 Year Ago

Thank you, Christine!
I absolutely adore it
Great job 😍😍
Keep up thr gd work 😊

Posted 4 Years Ago

Sardonic energy is, in my opinion, welcomed and the jest is enlightening. Thanks for the intellectual laughter provoked by your writing.

Posted 5 Years Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

The humor in this poem is so pessimistic and wry and I absolutely love it!

Posted 5 Years Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Very nice poem! Going to have to shelf it! I thought it was funny and cute! Really loved it!

Posted 5 Years Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

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Added on July 9, 2016
Last Updated on July 10, 2016



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