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Take a Penny, Leave a Penny

You've seen them.  Those little trays on the store counter with pennies in them and often a sign saying “Take a penny, leave a penny”.  On occasion, I have dropped pennies in them, but until just recently, I never had occasion to need one.  Falling two cents short of my purchase price, I reached for another dollar, when the clerk said “I've got it” and added the two cents from the tray.  

Why bring that up you may ask.  Well, because I was thinking, which always gets me in trouble, how much those pennies are like reading poetry.  Most people do not avail themselves of poems that are lying there for the taking, waiting for someone to want them.  More people will probably leave poems then ever pick them up.  But when they want one, it is nice to know there is one they can have.

People say pennies aren't worth much, but I beg to differ.  Their value varies by how much you need or want it.  Poems are like that.  Their value is generally greatest to the person that offers it.  It is given for the soul purpose of pleasing someone else.  However, those that use them place their own value upon them. Some they are very thankful to get, while others, well, not so much.  

The bottom line, to me at least, is a penny is always a penny and a poem is always a poem. It is what we do with it that makes the difference.  I know that much that I write does not necessarily speak to the reader.  But to me, it's value does not decrease.  By the same token, I read some things and say “ok”  and move on, while others I keep.  It doesn't make any difference to me.  The author thinks it's great, and so do some readers.  That's as good as it gets.  If you don't like it, like the penny, leave it there.  But if it fills a need, pick it up and use it.

That's my two cents worth.

Copyright © Bob Quigley

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  1. Date: 11/27/2013 1:25:00 AM
    Bob, Thank you for spreading and sharing your kindness. You know me I’ will always enjoy stopping by with love and support, no matter if I do not Understand what I am reading at times. I am very grateful and thankful to all who have been supportive of me one way or another. Your heartfelt words are the main attraction of who you are… Thanks for your inspiring visit. ----- Happy Thanksgiving ~ LINDA

  1. Date: 7/4/2012 10:58:00 AM
    Hi Bob - Very well said. Your poem is definitely a Keeper. - Gail

  1. Date: 7/4/2012 10:56:00 AM
    reflective piece that provokes the senses, bob....any act of generosity is given back a thousand fold!... superbly done!.:) huggs!

  1. Date: 7/3/2012 6:52:00 PM
    Good analogy, Bob. Thanks for sharing. Love, Kim

    Quigley Avatar Bob Quigley
    Date: 7/3/2012 10:11:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks for stopping by Kim
  1. Date: 7/3/2012 6:07:00 PM
    Your words sir, are full of wisdom. Thank you for this reminder.

    Quigley Avatar Bob Quigley
    Date: 7/3/2012 10:12:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you for your comments Peggy. Much appreciated.
  1. Date: 7/3/2012 3:40:00 PM
    I have found comfort in your words this day Bob. Peace and blessings

    Quigley Avatar Bob Quigley
    Date: 7/3/2012 10:12:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Many thanks Steven
  1. Date: 7/3/2012 3:26:00 PM
    very perceptive and interesting! you've given me something to think about and i'm glad i picked up the "penny" you've dropped.

    Quigley Avatar Bob Quigley
    Date: 7/3/2012 10:12:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I'm glad you did too Ilene