The Penny Falls

give a penny to a banker and
he’ll “put it away for you”
in that slot at the top of his head
hear it falling

the banker’s penny slips sublimely
onto all those other pennies
as sound investment in his head
“one can feel it rising”

there’s always room for more pennies for
banker’s brains have empty space
where a social conscience should be
but has never grown

turn the banker upside down
see if he rattles – some definately do
shake him really hard up and down
until the penny drops



poem © copyright Brian Shirra 2012

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