Small Change – poetry by Lyle Bateman

Small Change
by Lyle Bateman 2006

Ancient cobblestones press jagged
against the sole and bladder
dark passage into stony past
duck through arch for public relief

The tattered stool sagged
under the weight of her years
small change at the doorway
averted eyes from the urinals

tinkles of water, shake hands well
only one paper towel for your coin
tired smile cracks from age, her life
writ small against history’s epic in stone

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