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The Humble Penny

I remember the humble penny
although not humble when i a child
one could divide it by four farthings
shared with one’s parents then one for me.

Although not humble when i a child
one quarter saved in the old tea pot,
shared with one’s parents then one for me
saving for another rainy day.

One quarter saved in the old tea pot
sitting snug and warm on the mantel,
saving for another rainy day
until the day of dad’s funeral.

Sitting snug and warm on the mantel
one could divide it by four farthings,
until the day of dad’s funeral
I remember the humble penny.

© Harry J Horsman 2012   
For Rhonda and Cyndi's Pantoum contest. 
The U.K Penny

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  1. Date: 9/27/2012 9:18:00 PM
    Hi Harry, sorry for the delay in getting to your poem's page. Oh, this poem really moved us both. You brought us into the home, into family life, into loss... so much in this pantoum and wonderfully wrought it was! Thank you for your entry and congrats on the win in our contest, Hugs, Cyndi

  1. Date: 9/26/2012 5:25:00 AM
    A belated congratulations on your win in Rhonda and Cyndi's "Penny Pantoums" contest Harry. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 9/25/2012 11:20:00 PM
    Congrats on your win with this wonderful Pantoum!

  1. Date: 9/25/2012 4:29:00 PM
    Good work for the contest.. Congrats on your win..Sara

  1. Date: 9/25/2012 11:42:00 AM
    A great Pantoum here Harry!Congrats on your win in the contest.

  1. Date: 9/25/2012 9:58:00 AM

  1. Date: 9/25/2012 9:08:00 AM
    This is really great!!! I'm coming back here to give my huge hearty congratulations on your win my dear friend, Harry!!!! hugs:) Leonora

  1. Date: 9/25/2012 7:29:00 AM
    Somethings are the same the world over..I saved pennies in an old tea cup...congrats on your fine win. BG

  1. Date: 9/25/2012 1:21:00 AM
    Hey how come we both did farthings? well done congratulations dear boy, but you did yours better than mine... xx

  1. Date: 9/10/2012 11:31:00 PM
    I remember 20 shilling to the pound and 12 pence to the shilling wow the kids have it easier now. did I reveal my age?

  1. Date: 9/6/2012 4:28:00 AM
    Hi Harry yes I to remember the penny threepenny bit and the tanner, but hey that new pence trick were they made 140 pennies diappear what a trick now that what I call magic so is this poem, all the best Owen

  1. Date: 9/5/2012 6:26:00 PM
    Good write about those pre-decimal days in the UK.

  1. Date: 9/5/2012 4:25:00 PM
    yes mate i remember the old pennys, halfpennys (hapenys) and the rare farthing, here in Australia...think we went decmial about 64...yes mate we have the cowboy truckies who sit on yer bumper and pressure you too ...i still think in feet inches an miles... try America they still have em as i found out in 91....

  1. Date: 9/5/2012 10:49:00 AM
    This is another great write which gives me a nostalgic feeling. Thanks for sharing, Harry and Good luck and best wishes in the contest:) hugs leonora

  1. Date: 9/5/2012 9:34:00 AM
    I never even knew you could still divide a penny-- I find that pretty cool, Harry. You sure brought some nostalgia with your pantoum, but with that blending of sadness in it-- I did enjoy reading this (and learning something too)-- thank you for passing by my poems with your very touching words, you are so kind to say that. It means so much to me. Thank you.

  1. Date: 9/5/2012 5:37:00 AM
    those were the days harry luv when pennies stretched in worth longer the case easy read and super entry luv but I believe u need to list your country at bottom of entry ..check it out luv and wishing u a top win always ..

  1. Date: 9/4/2012 2:15:00 PM
    enjoyed reading your works....I can remember getting candy for a penny. Not any more.

  1. Date: 9/3/2012 10:03:00 AM
    This is a fantastic example of pantoum poetry, harry. So you could DIVIDE up the penny?? Into farthings, you say? Well, that is certainly a thing of the past. Also, I enjoyed how you called it "the humble penny." I love this.

  1. Date: 9/3/2012 8:14:00 AM
    A very awesome write Harry! I really enjoyed reading this fine poem this morning! Great Work!!

  1. Date: 9/3/2012 7:46:00 AM
    Harry; I like this one. The Humble Penny. They say that a penny saved is a penny earned. I always use to tell my daughter that she had to save for a rainy day. her answer to me was - all my days are rainy. Good luck in contest. Lucilla