How She Spends Her Time

orange daylily


Nature’s disbursement, copper

pennies (ticking time bombs) tap

out her allotment hour by

hour. Rich or poor, sinner or



saint, all receive one thousand,

four hundred and forty. Hers

used to slip through her fingers

like water, burning a hole


in her pocket on Pay Day.

But when her economy

collapsed, she diversified

her portfolio, making


investments in her children,

marriage, self – a penny saved

is a penny worth spending

on a day such as this one.