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My Grandpa's Store


Some sixty years past my Paw owned a store.
A penny case held tiny toys and balloons
and there was wrapped candy with gum galore.
Got a penny? Might as well ask for the moon.

A penny case held tiny toys and balloons;
I rarely had a penny to squeeze tight in hand.
Got a penny? might as well ask for the moon;
Paw was too busy stocking boxes and cans.

I rarely had pennies; I did have two hands;
a penny was promised if I'd sweep the floor
and keep the shelves stocked with boxes and cans.
A penny was paid for a hour's work or more.

A penny was promised if I'd sweep the floor
to earn for wrapped candy and gum galore.
A penny was paid for a hour's work or more
some sixty years past when my Paw owned a store.


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  1. Date: 9/27/2012 10:11:00 PM
    Hello, Reason, My apologies for getting to your page so late. We so enjoyed your nostalgic take on this contest. Your pantoum is captivating. Thank you for your entry and congrats on the win. Smiles from Cyndi

  1. Date: 9/26/2012 5:27:00 AM
    A belated congratulations on your win in Rhonda and Cyndi's "Penny Pantoums" contest Reason. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 9/25/2012 11:21:00 PM
    Loved the write. Congrats on your win with this wonderful Pantoum!

  1. Date: 9/25/2012 4:37:00 PM
    Great was that penny case..I too remember when one could get some candy for a penny..Congrats on your winning work..Sara

  1. Date: 9/25/2012 11:55:00 AM
    Very good Pan toum here Reason.Congrats on your win in the contest.

  1. Date: 9/25/2012 10:02:00 AM

  1. Date: 9/25/2012 1:25:00 AM
    Congratulations Reason, well done and a well deserved win xx