Walking Liberty
Pudding Magazine #59

I’m a wheat penny, a mercury
dime, a walking liberty half
with less luster than I once had,
flows of hair half erased
by too much circulation,
too many fingers of commerce.
My date becomes obvious
even as it fades from sight,
In God We Trust now a faint halo
above a disappearing face.

When I was newly minted
the whole was more beautiful
in its gleaming fractions—
wishes winking in a fountain,
coins eagerly pressed
into the palm of the ice cream man.
Now I’m cyber digits
banked toward a graying future.
There’s a caution in the spending
of this currency of flesh and bone.

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The Schuylkill Valley Journal publishes poetry, short stories and critical essays. Both the SVJ and SVJ LIT come out twice a year, in the spring and in the fall.
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