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Less Than a Penny

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Less Than a Penny

There are a few things
For under a nickel;
Like a lone Chicklet,
Or a sliced pickle.

But there’s so much more 
For less than a penny.
You don’t think there’s any?
Well I can list many.

How ‘bout a smile, a hug,
Most kinds of bugs.
Read a book, write a letter;
Do you need something better?

Blow your nose, scratch your toes,
Or donate old clothes.
Dig a hole with a bowl,
Not sing like Nat Cole.

You can climb up a mountain
And drink from a fountain.
Walk through the mall
In winter through fall.

Snap both of your fingers,
Throw horseshoe ringers.
Roll one eye or two;
Those are some things I do.

For less than a Lincoln,
A penny, one cent.
Is the list running thin?
Did I yet, make a dent?








There’s no mystery,
With the pleasures of free.
There’s infinite value
In a touch or a smile.
So repeat after me
And check history;
That the best things in life
Are less than a penn-y!

You can laugh in the dark,
Or cry in a park.
Say no when you’d like,
And call someone Mike.

Bend down at the waist,
Or take off in haste.
Listen to thunder,
Dream about plunder.

Win at tic-tac-toe,
Learn how to sew.
Whittle a stick,
Spell lickety-split.

Wear something drab,
And pick at a scab.
Jump in a quarry,
Or read this story.

For less than a Lincoln,
A penny, one cent,
That’s what I was thinking;
Now you know what I meant.
 
There’s no mystery,
About what’s for free.
There’s infinite value
In a touch or a smile.
So repeat after me
And check history.
That the best things in life
Are less than a penn-y!


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  1. Date: 3/13/2013 11:22:00 AM
    ...and that is why the poorest people are typically the happiest. This was great fun to read, but also had a nice message through out. I can definitely see that you had fun writing this one! Would love to see this put to music...

  1. Date: 1/22/2013 8:13:00 PM
    Awesome David. I really enjoyed this light hearted work of yours. great job of it. It's a picker upper. Thank you for your comment.

  1. Date: 1/21/2013 8:03:00 PM
    A great bit of poetry, David. Really fun. Nice to find you on these pages. Thanks for reading and commenting on my poem. I'll read some more of yours. Love, joyce