Poemdog

Dogs 2019

LOOSE CHANGE
(7/27/19)


I watched
them
all week

a quarter

two dimes

a penny

46 cents
lying
on the public
restroom floor
in our office
building

surely
someone
would claim
them

even tainted
in such
a way

it's money
after all

but no

they have
remained

until now

a Saturday
morning

Sunday
the janitorial
crew
would do
the floors

claim
the prize

maybe
the money
is their
due

instead
I stoop
to reach
underneath
the urinal

around
a toilet

to collect
my weekend
bonus

I wash
them

and my
hands

leave them
to dry
on paper towel
on my desk

they'll
go with me
when I leave
this afternoon

to be taken
home

to be deposited
in an ashtray

with the
rest
of the coins
that I never
carry

they are
all
pointlessly
mine