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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.  

It got me to thinking, which always gets me in trouble, how much those pennies are like poems,  lying there for the taking, waiting for someone to want them. Most people will not pick one up.  But when they want one, it is nice to know there is one they can have.

Some say pennies aren't worth much, but I beg to differ.  Their value varies from person to person. Poems are like that.  Their value is generally greatest to the person that offers it.  It is given for the most part to please someone else.  However, those that read them place their own value upon them. Some they are very thankful for, 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 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 care for it, like the penny, leave it there.  But if it fills a need, pick it up and use it.

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  1. Date: 5/10/2013 10:44:00 AM
    Wonderful sentiment. My Hubby still thinks I'm a penny worth picking up... even after all these years... Tho he really can't pick me up anymore... LOL... But the thoughts there.

    Quigley Avatar Bob Quigley
    Date: 5/11/2013 11:50:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    And I'll bet he's right. After all, it is the thought that counts, isn't it??
  1. Date: 10/31/2012 3:11:00 PM
    awesome message!!! glad I am finally reading this one!!

    Quigley Avatar Bob Quigley
    Date: 11/4/2012 7:42:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Andrea
  1. Date: 10/29/2012 3:48:00 PM
    I guess as you say there are some pennies worth taking and others worth leaving. Good write.

    Quigley Avatar Bob Quigley
    Date: 11/4/2012 7:43:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    You got it. Thanks for stopping by.
  1. Date: 10/17/2012 2:50:00 PM
    Hi Bob We don't have this take a penny leave a penny in england due to the fact that someone would pinch the pennies and the tray, but the poem part of your write is quite true, all the best Owen

    Quigley Avatar Bob Quigley
    Date: 11/4/2012 7:43:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Glad you enjoyed my penny
  1. Date: 9/25/2012 9:15:00 PM
    Intresting I notice that stores have that, too. I usualy grab couple of cents when I see it. Too bad you can't find any Indian Head cents there or 1909 Svbd coins. Nice short prose peace. Matthew Anish

    Quigley Avatar Bob Quigley
    Date: 11/4/2012 7:44:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Matt
  1. Date: 9/19/2012 11:37:00 PM
    Excellent, original thoughts!

    Quigley Avatar Bob Quigley
    Date: 11/4/2012 7:44:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Much appreciated Vesna
  1. Date: 9/4/2012 2:24:00 PM
    I'll pay more than a penny for your thoughts any day! Light & Love

    Quigley Avatar Bob Quigley
    Date: 9/5/2012 8:13:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Debbie
  1. Date: 9/4/2012 10:09:00 AM
    Love this, Bob, like the comparison, pennies can grow , and so does poetry, and both can be of benefit, it is up to you!, love the message here, enjoyed.

    Quigley Avatar Bob Quigley
    Date: 9/5/2012 8:13:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Appreciate the comments Harry.
  1. Date: 9/4/2012 9:11:00 AM
    I totally agree with you that the poem is very valuable to the writer for many different reasons..If someone receives a blessings, a new perspective, a problem solved, etc. from reading my work, I am blessed..I am so glad that I chose this one to read today..Sara

    Quigley Avatar Bob Quigley
    Date: 9/5/2012 8:14:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I am glad you chose it too. Thank you Sara
  1. Date: 9/3/2012 1:17:00 PM
    i like the comparison you've made here and the way you've expressed it. very perceptive! in this case, i think i've gotten much more than a penny's worth!

    Quigley Avatar Bob Quigley
    Date: 9/3/2012 2:17:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Ilene
  1. Date: 9/3/2012 10:41:00 AM
    As they say in French... "chacun a son gout"... each to his own taste! An excellent write, Bob! Cheers, Jack

    Quigley Avatar Bob Quigley
    Date: 9/3/2012 2:17:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Appreciate it Jack.
  1. Date: 9/3/2012 10:39:00 AM
    A really good poem Bob. Yes it's true - seen it too often. :) Have a great new week. oxox love Anne-Lise :)

    Quigley Avatar Bob Quigley
    Date: 9/3/2012 2:18:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Glad you enjoyed it Anne Lise. Thanks for stopping by.
  1. Date: 9/3/2012 8:53:00 AM
    bravo Bob,I think this is great lol,its worth the whole tray

    Quigley Avatar Bob Quigley
    Date: 9/3/2012 10:20:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Richard. Much appreciated.