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"More pennies than water" is a poem I was commissioned to write for the wedding of two very dear old friends. Additionally, this is the title piece of my third book.

More pennies than water

Meby Steven Harz30 Oct 2014

(For Sue and Steve)

A generation ago they had
fallen in then out
of love
and learned that in either case
there was no net

Onward they moved to
separate points on the same map
and with their hearts affixed
to different “I Do’s”
their minds occasionally wandered
back to each other in times of quiet
like sermons and snowfall

Every so often he launched
a prayer skyward
then dropped a penny
and a wish
down a well

She put a bookmark in the 80s
but from time-to-time
attached messages to balloons
releasing them
against the wind
with her right hand while crossing
the fingers of her left

Over the years time was measured
in increments of faith and hope
and eventually the well was
more pennies than water
giving him the boost needed
to see over the wall
and upwards
towards a now-descending balloon
and its note
saying an old “I love you” in a new kind of way
and finally allowing him to
uncross his own fingers

copyright 2014 Steven Harz