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for a nickel

for a nickel
little boys shined
his shoes
       he saw
       himself in them 

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  1. Date: 1/31/2015 10:07:00 PM
    perfect stroke. the images remind me of some Thomas Wolfe. brilliant.

  1. Date: 6/7/2014 1:03:00 AM
    a small poem with so much meaning Excellent write :)

  1. Date: 6/3/2014 2:34:00 PM
    marvelous word play here, a genius of a write by a genius of a poet. Kudos

  1. Date: 6/3/2014 9:54:00 AM
    Oh yeah, I go back to those days. Red Foley put out the song, "Chattanooga Shoe Shine Boy" as a tribute to those "shiners." Hah!

  1. Date: 6/3/2014 2:14:00 AM
    Congratulations on this little Gem being featured!

  1. Date: 4/1/2014 3:59:00 AM
    what a striking image - I'm glad I caught up with this. cheers!

  1. Date: 3/24/2014 3:28:00 PM
    I love a tanka that can express so much in so few words !! Well done, Susan ! And thank you kindly for my placement in your "Blue's" contest!! I'm reading your list, and some great tail-end rhymes were terrific entries! Thanks again for the honor to be among them!

  1. Date: 3/11/2014 9:35:00 PM
    A nice reflective write. :)

  1. Date: 3/2/2014 9:05:00 AM
    hey Susan love this excellent piece of work...David

  1. Date: 1/27/2014 7:57:00 PM
    enjoyed your poem and the double meaning. Warm thoughts, Ralph

  1. Date: 1/9/2014 10:26:00 AM
    I like this one.Great work that you have penned about a time that I remember when there were shine boys.My father would give his nieces and nephews a nickle to clean his shoes and shine them also.That was back when people might take home 5 or 6 dollars a week for working 50 or 60 hour week.Some of the children faced some really hard times because of poverty..Thanks for the honor of placing in your contest.I appreciate you reading and thinking my work was worthy of being in your winners' listSara

  1. Date: 12/9/2013 9:45:00 AM
    Dear Susan - This is one I read over and over. Such depth in this little diamond. love, Kathy

  1. Date: 12/4/2013 2:22:00 PM
    love this deep write, Susan - not surprised it was published. Thanks very much - loved the contest

  1. Date: 12/3/2013 8:39:00 PM
    Cool insight and well done.