A Pocket of Pennies – A Poem


Central Park packed
Winding paths lined
With grey gritty snow
Morning dressed
In black lined coats
And leather briefcases
Bustle about in a rush
To get someplace –
Ten minutes ago

Thick chain gold
Watches glanced at –
Synchronized chaos
As a little lost girl sits
Kicking her new boots
Against the bench
Her cool blue eyes
Pool as she stares
At the monochromatic
Monotone masses

A chubby grip on
White ribbon tightens,
The other hand holds
A cold iron arm rest
Blue Black curls
Blown from her eyes
Into her dry mouth –
Small lips -Emit a
Spitting sound
Drowned out by
A chattering crowd

Her cheery cherry
Red friend that
Loves to dance –
Flies low and close
Like static hugs
To long tangles &
Tiny giggles escape
Blowing in the breeze
As she smiles at
The only color the
City will offer for
A pocket of pennies

Gretchen Leary 2013

About the Artist

For dVersePoets: Poetics 02/23/2013


About Gretchen Venters

I am 36 years old and I live in Montana. God has set my soul on fire to serve others through writing.
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45 Responses to A Pocket of Pennies – A Poem

  1. brian miller says:

    Like static hugs
    To long tangles &
    Tiny giggles escape
    Blowing in the breeze…smiles…there is much joy in those little balloons…my kids loved them…dancing on the end of the string…she, the little girl, is like an island in the every flowing sea of humanity…

  2. wolfsrosebud says:

    like how you started us in a larger place and narrowed down to the balloon… loved the last line

  3. Kelvin S.M. says:

    ..you really lived up to the topic of artistic description…and it shows clearly well… how amazing to think how a minimalistic art can lead to thousands of words.. cool to find company from such a lovely lifeless thing… lifeless to many but from a child’s mind it’s more than just a thing you hold on to… it saddens to see it fly leaving her alone… hope it will find a decent landing when it bids its final bow… smiles… enjoyed it Gretchen… thanks…

  4. Mary says:

    Oh, the only color that the city will offer. At least she had the balloon for a friend. I feel sadness for the young girl.

  5. I like the ending lines, the only color the city can offer of a pocket of pennies ~ Smiles ~

  6. Oh, Gretchen – this is magical – wonderfully written – K

  7. Laurie Kolp says:

    So sweet… and I can picture this so vividly.

  8. Just wonderful, that breath of colour and static hugs…the smile a balloon can bring…magical!

  9. Very cool. A little girl and a red balloon in contentment among the busy, unhappy throng.

  10. A Pocket Full of Pennies what a fantastic title and poem. I love how colors take center stage on this as well. Cheers Gretchen!

  11. kkkkaty1 says:

    Not much one can buy these days for pennies that brings so much pleasure…for a while I was a kid again…thanks.

  12. This was truely amzing and I’m gonna share it with friends later, as a read of course. I love your voice. So veery unique and your use of language and words is so kool I’m jeallous because I know you have to be born with this english language to be this good, and I will never getr that far. Excellente. One of my favs today!

  13. ninotaziz says:

    An ode to simple pleasures.

  14. tashtoo says:

    Gretchen! This is amazing! Such a wonderful play to the image…I’d love me a balloon friend…bravo, Poet! Bravo!

  15. Sabio Lantz says:

    Very fun. Nicely done.
    One thought: In a crowd of two-hundred people, probably 25 people at any give time are looking out thinking about everyone else being a monotone mass or chattering crowd or colorless city.

  16. ManicDdaily says:

    Very sweet poem, thanks, Gretchen. K.

  17. Beautiful poem, Gretchen. I wrote about the balloon too πŸ˜‰

  18. very cool response. I was going to use this one, then changed my mind as something in the widow just drew me in completely. Love your take and where the inspiration led you here. Great job.

    • Thank-you. I almost chose the one of the mother/child but felt I did not have the right words for it which is quite sad but one day when I have my own I will find those words. You did an excellent job with your response to the prompt πŸ™‚

  19. A totally inspired take on the prompt ~ lovely use of language ~ I could see the bright child in Central Park πŸ™‚

  20. claudia says:

    The only color the
    City will offer for
    A pocket of pennies…nice…the cities of this world should be full of red balloons to color up our lives…very cool detailed description of the girl and the scene around her..liked it much

  21. Tony says:

    Wow Gretchen! This is wonderful! I’ll be back to read it again and again and again and again and … well you get the idea πŸ™‚

  22. Loved the inclusion of Central Park (lived on L.I. for 5 years, frequent visits to NYC!). A melancholy feel to this with the little girl, and yet a spark of brightness. One can only hope she will be noticed in the chaos. Nice story you have woven here.

  23. Imelda says:

    I can see her red balloon in a sea of grey and white. Beautiful. πŸ™‚

  24. Mohana says:

    Beautiful, Gretchen!! πŸ™‚

  25. Renee Espriu says:

    Love this Gretchen. Simply magical and so enchanting to look into how a child thinks and feels.

  26. heidi says:

    Beautiful response to Kelvin’s artwork! Good use of color imagery and an ironic play on the lonliness of Kelvin’s piece… I love that your little girl and his balloon are no longer alone.

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