Loose change from poet George Held….


George Held, a guest poet on Blogfinger, seems to  be channeling a past where pennies were more important than they are today.  In fact, will pennies go the way of the half penny?    Does George still have a few pennies clattering around in his pockets?

George doesn’t categorize the two penny pieces below.  He refers to them as “shorties:”



Penny was sixteen and wore penny loafers, a shiny copper penny in each slot. Twelve, you were infatuated by her – her pleated plaid skirt, bobby sox, and those penny loafers. How you wanted to kiss her, but she just laughed when you blew her a kiss across the school yard.


Penny Loafers

Karl, wearing penny loafers, challenges fifth-grade classmate Jorge, in Keds, to pitch pennies against a wall by the gym. But Jorge has a knack for leaners and beats Karl in their “pitch off.” Karl doesn’t mind losing twenty-five pennies, but he can’t bear losing to Jorge. “I’ll get you yet,” he thinks in his devious heart. Jorge becomes a surgeon, Karl a banker.


Gucci penny loafers: $416.00—41,600 pennies– try taking those into Gucci’s.



BRENDA LEE made a “fortune” collecting pennies from heaven: