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What's it Worth?

Published by DOREEN B. | Wednesday, May 16, 2018 3:20 AM


100 words for May


Hawaii was not yet a state when ten cents bought:
A spit and shine to infantry double buckle combat boots
by scrawny Filipino plantation boys;
Two Hershey chocolate bars shared six ways;
A trade school education paid for with the minted alloys
of silver and copper amassed over the years,
swelling a single sock that hung
in a meager closet corner.

On black asphalt
a sliver of silver flashes
on a twenty-first century late afternoon.
"You want a dime?" My companion asks.
"Sure! Pick it up."
A solar flare of self-indignation.
"You want it, you pick it up!"



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