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Coins at the Bottom of my Purse (for harry)
by Patricia Gomes

Friday, August 22, 2003

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Coins at the Bottom of My Purse
(for harry k. stammer)

Bertha wore tall hats
and had a stately walk.
I admired her ability
to keep her hat straight
in high winds.
Never did I see
her raise a hand
to anchor it properly.

There lives a spider in the corner of the window above
my washer
in the dim recess of my basement.
Its complex house sports several insectile carcasses
that bring a shiver and a prayer
that I am not a witness
to its actual dinner.
Its legs are terribly long
and it appears to point at me, warning me
to leave it alone. Aloud, I said,
If you'll stop your wiggling, your wig-waggling
until I go, (it scares me so) we will get along just fine, Madam/Sir.
And it did. Just like that.

Nebitts walked for miles,
walked for years,
walked for whiskey
in ill-fitting shoes.
Someone else's shoes,
he'd not owned a brand new pair
since his wife left him in '69.
A bad summer that year 'twas caused by sunspots
and solar flares, some said.
He shuffles now, 'tis less painful
this way, he says. And the mice can hear him coming.
Loyal reader,
if you are looking for a common thread, kindly stop there is none.

P. Gomes 2003


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Reviewed by Taylor Cross (Reader) 9/16/2003
where is harry? this is a great write, tc
Reviewed by Adam Walsvik (Reader) 9/5/2003
This poem represents chaos to me. But here this poem is, going from left to right, everything in perfect order. Life is very, very interesting.
Reviewed by Kay P Devenish 8/27/2003
You are SSSSOOOOOO original,I love your poems... this one was fantastic!
Reviewed by Lisa Cannons 8/25/2003
Mighta know'd you'd be talkin to a spider even when you don't like em! LOL
Loved it, threads and all!
p.s. would you hurry up! I've almost finished unpacking! <ducking> :-)
Reviewed by Birdie Houston 8/24/2003
Excellent poetry by far!!!
Reviewed by Handsum Hart 8/24/2003
unique indeed, loved the ending
Reviewed by Jaclynn Huntington 8/24/2003
I love these mini-tales all rolled into one. Nicely done!

Reviewed by Ashraf Goreja (Reader) 8/23/2003
A nice poem.
Greetings from Atlanta.
Reviewed by ***** ********* (Reader) 8/22/2003
Okay, "P", this was a very inspired write and the very dissimilar nature of the scenarios you paint, (yes, I said "paint" because these verses are tiny still life portraits), makes the common thread between them that much stronger. You are a very original and very strong poet!
Reviewed by E T Waldron 8/22/2003
so unique, a joy to read you Pat!;-)love your conversation with the spider;-)
Reviewed by Ted Sheridan (Reader) 8/22/2003
Thanks for saving me any undue stress.
Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie 8/22/2003
This was a pleasure to read! enjoyed it so much,

Reviewed by Nicole Davis Vergara (Reader) 8/22/2003
Such a delightful weaving here ~P~, so rich in contrasts of life and thought! Extremely enjoyed this relaxing one tonight!
Reviewed by Gwen Dickerson 8/22/2003
Delightful! I enjoyed!
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 8/22/2003
Very Nice write P!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by harry k stammer (Reader) 8/22/2003
oh on the contrary, the thread runs for thousand of miles and years... nice write, thanks, hks
Reviewed by Christine Morell 8/22/2003
I knew a Bertha once.This is so rich and satisfying. I love to read your poetry.
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