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Channeling Rooney
by L. G. Figgins
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
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A '60 Minutes' conjecture...

I wonder how many pennies
are swept up into the trash in haste,
their copper then pitted by the acids in the landfills
Only to be found by some future excavation
and pronounced museum pieces?

I wonder if the marbles from my childhood
have any real value but to me?
Maybe fifteen of the same cents worth
that are thrown away everyday
Yet as many pennies are hoarded--
in jars, shoeboxes and empty water bottles--
as must be discarded

Since these coins aren’t in circulation,
then the Mint must keep making more
and more pennies to replace them
I have no idea of the cost but it must be substantial
Machines that turn change into dollars
have been installed in banks and businesses
to try and round up the prodigal coins

I’ve heard rumors of the powers-that-be
wanting to eliminate the penny from our currency
That would be a cost-saver, I suppose
But what of the corner grocer and his weekly ads?
Spinach is much more appealing at $1.99 a pound
then say, $2.00 a pound--at least to me
Strange, the psychological power of one penny

Children collect pennies under sofa cushions,
in the street and in the change found in pockets
and deposited on the clothes dryer on laundry day
I wonder just what the sum total of all the pennies
in piggy banks would amount to?
Probably enough to pay for my retirement
Gives new meaning to the saying, ’A penny saved
is a penny earned’




L.G. Figgins © 2010


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Reviewed by Regis Auffray 1/22/2010
A very clever and thought-inciting write, Lin. Thank you. Love and best wishes,

Reviewed by Debby & Gordon Rosenberg 1/22/2010
for years my friends teased me about finding pennies...those pennies just seemed to always be there, on the street, steps, sidewalk, etc, to me they were little gifts from the world acknowledging the mystery of existance...I love Rooney and this piece is an awesome tribute to his creative mastery...
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 1/21/2010
Great channel... I suppose future arrivals mining copper will be pleased we did most of the work They will wonder why we put the face of god on those copper disks.

Reviewed by Andy Turner 1/21/2010
Top thinking. Plus copper is worth heaps in the electrical industry. But as for value in years to come. Well, we have many Roman coins from 2000 years ago, and they have no value as they are everywhere, with Caesars head on. Though Saxon stuff is worth a lot as we find out that the dark period was not dark but full of creativity and much more.

Many a mickal makes a muckle. Meaning, many a penny saved makes a fortune rather than throw it away. Kids are spot on.
Reviewed by Dallas D'Angelo-Gary 1/21/2010
Penny for your thoughts? Very astute.
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 1/20/2010
You have taken something that we often view as simple and ordinary, and have made it into the extraordinary. Liked this a lot, Linda.
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 1/20/2010
Andy Rooney is my hero. I enjoyed this. I like the Canadian $2 coin, the one that looks like a doughnut with a dime stuck in the doughnut hole. Patrick
Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER 1/20/2010
Don't forget a wish upon a penny, I look for them, just for that reason, a wonderful write, Jasmin Horst
Reviewed by D Johnson 1/20/2010
I think it is fitting that you ended your poet essaay by reaching back to Ben Franklin, who truly understood the value of a penny. Good thoughts.

Reviewed by Georg Mateos 1/20/2010
A kid asked why we have one dollar bill when all cost 99 cents, so why not a 99 cents bill? and if you look at the prices out there, 99.99 and 199,99 or 349.99...and so on. So, yes! why we don't have money that make sense? (LOL)


Reviewed by Mr. Ed 1/20/2010
Channeling Rooney - marvelous! And I'm savin my pennies for a rainy day.
Reviewed by Felix Perry 1/20/2010
Lin I enjoyed this and yes it is amazing to think of all the billions of not only your US pennies but Canadian pennies that have intermingled over the passports for spare change. lol
Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse 1/20/2010
your "Channeling Rooney" shines Lin
and takes me to the two dollar bill
the susan b anthony dollar & of course those
precious rocks with diamonds in them (to a child)
I lost all my nostalgia in a basement flood in 2008
I was literally devastated...
Love & Pennies
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 1/20/2010
good write, i love the nostagia included in this. It makes one think--i always pick up pennies-it all adds up, like you say!
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 1/20/2010
Interesting and well written poem/prose. I like pennies. Their very color make a penny stand out among the nickels, dimes, quarters and half dollars (who sees them anymore). Besides, the penny is in the underdog status and I kinda lean toward those in that category . . .
Reviewed by John Flanagan 1/20/2010
You take a simple but very relevant notion and expand it into something so enjoyable and reflective, I like what you do here and the great style in which you do it.

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