Michael T. Young offers a meditation on beauty and value, past and present, via a thoughtful parallel.
The moon this morning lingers in the light
above the industrial landscape,
a white coin paying my passage into the day.
How much it costs to get to the next moment,
how high the price was to arrive here
collecting coins and held a liberty nickel from 1884,
worth a few dollars, and wishing it were
just one year younger and worth so much more,
and feeling how the value of that year
would weigh in my hand, a nickel
worth three hundred dollars,
how it meant something then
that today, thirty-six years later, means
this moon is so beautiful and bright
I stand and just look, and am late for work,
and keep the bosses waiting.
Whatever the cost, it’s worth every nickel.
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