Portraits Poetry Series #72: Counting Pennies

In case you haven’t been here before, I love writing prompts – whether a list of words, one word, or even an image. With these posts, I have written poems specifically about paintings and I hope, with my words, you see the scene just as visibly in your heart and mind as if you had seen the image itself.




You could watch
Their forward lean in curiosity
As they stole a glance
Over the edge of the fountain
The sound of water
Trickling in the background
The soothing patter
The meandering gurgle
And eyes rapt
Their breath has slowed
And he softly murmurs,
“How many pennies
do you think
they’ve got down there?”
Eyes alight
With the thought of counting them
Pilling them high
And hearing them clink
Against the marble fountain
“Too many to be sure”
She answers.
People’s conversations
Muddle in the background
It’s a glorious flow
In and out
Of traipsing ideas
But the children notice nothing
Save the dazzling display
The rise of bubbles
The ripple of waves
Across a seeming sea of pennies.
Sunshine gleams across
Their copper backs
You can see the same
Shimmering light
In their blue eyed stare.
In a dreamlike state,
The children are counting
How many candies
Their treasure could be worth.

© Sumyanna 2016


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