Poetry / More Pennies Than Water” (for Sue and Steve)

Country Songs BW

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

“More pennies than water” is contained in my collection titled, ‘Country Songs and Backroad Love Notes’ – available at Amazon in paperback and eBook.

Published by Steven Harz

Steven Harz was the 2013 winner of the international People's Poetry Contest and is a three-time winner of The Iron Writer Challenge. Steve still writes poetry, but now it rhymes and is put to music - either acoustic with a Martin or electric with a Gretsch. Songwriting influences are: John Prine, Townes Van Zandt, Blze Foley, Jessi Alexander, Tyler Childers, Lori McKenna, Gabe Lee, Luz, Cleto Cordero, Jason Isbell, and of course, Willie and Dolly! Music is available on all streaming platforms - please check it out!

One thought on “Poetry / More Pennies Than Water” (for Sue and Steve)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: