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A Penny for Your Crumbs, Sir

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A Penny for Your Crumbs, Sir

On tender heel a waif did chase
a simple meal of bread
For his belly grumbled for any crumbs
before he went to bed,
or the morrow find him dead

Bread could be bought a dollar a loaf, 
way more than he could pay
He begged for just a pennies worth
Yet the baker refused his say
“Be off with you, run and play!”

On tender cheeks the waif did spill
a single silent tear
No bread for he or his little sister
In which he held quite dear
Praying they’d see another year

On wounded heels the waif did chase
the baker to his berth
He offered to give him his last coin
For left crumbs, just a pennies worth
Cowering under the baker’s girth

Angrily the baker turned and shook 
the crumbs all around
Telling the waif he better not be seen
On morrow when he made his rounds
“Ye’d be better six feet underground!”


By: Debra Squyres on 01/12/13

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  1. Date: 2/2/2013 11:43:00 AM
    Very effective. The desperation of the little waif is so real I can nearly feel it. And there is such a contrast between the boy who wished to care for his sister, and the baker, who cared for none save himself. This is a real masterpiece.

  1. Date: 1/16/2013 2:12:00 PM
    I could see this being an after school special of sorts or an animated show. You take the reader for a very tender sad ride. :) Peace.

  1. Date: 1/16/2013 10:53:00 AM
    This is a sad one Debra but it's very good, enjoyed immensely xx

  1. Date: 1/14/2013 6:10:00 PM
    That was so well put together. I loved the title-it drew me in. I wasn't ready for the sadness-yet it must be reality for so many.

  1. Date: 1/14/2013 5:25:00 PM
    Very sad write but soulfully written dear so honestly felt and expressed. Thank you for the food for thought

  1. Date: 1/14/2013 3:50:00 PM
    This is a very emotional and heartfelt write my friend! I hate to see anybody go hungry and especially young children! I really enjoyed reading this delightful and amazing poem this afternoon! What a impactful piece, Great Work!!

  1. Date: 1/14/2013 3:02:00 PM
    Very emotive and expressive work..Your poem has great poetic qualities..Thanks for stopping by my work and taking time to comment...Sara

  1. Date: 1/14/2013 1:37:00 PM
    Wonderful poem here

  1. Date: 1/14/2013 11:46:00 AM
    heart wrenching it is ...bitter truth...i hv seen ppl eating out of dustbins to survive and ppl wasting food like anything...tragedies of the heartless world we r living in....:(

  1. Date: 1/14/2013 11:44:00 AM
    Think of all the food we throw in the trash, there are many who are starving in the world and the year is 2013! - (Same thoughts and ideas .... Debra, this poem and Teddy Bear poem ...... lol. )- Very well written. - Sad but the truth. - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)