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Quarters

There was a time, not long ago,
I’m sure this won’t seem strange,
When I would never leave my house
Without a pile of change.

My wallet would be fit to burst
Or pockets would be jangling
With all the quarters that from every source
I had been wrangling.

The parking meters ate them up.
The bus was just as greedy;
And every pay phone (once a dime)
For quarters seemed quite needy.

The laundry room had its machines
Equipped so they would take
As many quarters as they could
Before we’d bellyache.

I needed quarters in the car
For paying all the tolls;
And in arcades, a two-bit coin
Bestowed you the controls.

But now technology’s advanced
With cards of many types.
Some radar reads your E-Z Pass;
You board the bus with swipes.

I’ve plastic for the wash and dry,
The subway and to park.
A quarter proffered would be met
With shrug as question mark.

I miss my quarter harvest
Though I really must confess
I’m better off today because
My wallet weighs much less!

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  1. Date: 11/19/2012 1:40:00 PM
    Nice poem ilene, I came up with a couple rhymes but always ended up a little crass. Soooo. Nice poem. :)

  1. Date: 11/19/2012 12:11:00 PM
    those little coins!.. i save them in a big jar and ask the bank to change them; ohhh, i do get good cash!... this piece charms me; well composes, whoo, ilene!..:) huggs

  1. Date: 11/19/2012 7:46:00 AM
    I also have a lot of change saved up - sometimes you forget it is money! Nice one! Peace & Love Matthew Anish

  1. Date: 11/18/2012 6:40:00 PM
    and by the way, I still use my quarters a lot!! I am resisting change (play on word, I don't mean the money kind) all the way to the grave.

  1. Date: 11/18/2012 6:39:00 PM
    very cool one from the Soup's Irma Bombeck, How I enjoy reading your poems, sweetie.

  1. Date: 11/18/2012 5:29:00 PM
    Lol. So true!! Hey I still need them quarters for my laundry machine. Thanks for the smiles. Hugs Michael