How Many Coins?


How many coins...

To join this man and really listen to his whisper?

Just a quarter for two coffees,

a few dimes for his time

To hear what it really means to be free

From heedless looks by the grimy

Grievous hooks from the spineless

Some pennies to rustle the memory

two sincere ears to regain some dignity 

A dollar or three

and the lesson is complete

Not for him, but you 

and me…


Everybody has a story

but we all don’t survive the fall


The price paid by the ignorant,

not one of us could afford it


It’s simply grace - 

an invaluable gift of the soul