A poem from local author J.M. Allen
I miss acquiring coins
Collecting each state quarter
Now my transactions are on-line
Where no checkout line is shorter
No longer kept in my pocket
Where they gave a walking jingle
Few coins on the ground to pick up
Their discovery would give a tingle
But coins aren’t coming back
With less every year hence
Gathered by fewer people
Which only makes cents
J. M. Allen is a longtime Rochester resident. This poem is from the book “Real Rhyming Poems” which can be found at the Rochester, Minneapolis (Hennepin County), Duluth, Mankato (Taylor), and Winona public libraries.
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