With a tip of the hat to Joe (josephus), whose poem on Frost inspired me to try the Stopping by Woods form for this poem!


"Finif" (line 19) is Yiddish for "five," and has passed into American slang to denote a five-dollar bill.

Thrift Shop

At Christ Church Thrift Shop, Harvard Square,
I bought some shoes, an old black pair:
Size eleven and just five bucks,
They fit me well enough to wear.

I looked for belts among those spaced
Out on a rack someone had placed
Against the fiercely hissing heater,
But none fit round my ample waist.

My pockets are not very deep;
What cash I have, I cannot keep.
But oh, to come across these rooms
With "vintage" items on the cheap!

Paperbacks, dishes, scarves and skirts,
Windbreakers, trousers, rumpled shirts,
Postcards from Rome and Santa Fe,
Bright-framed glasses for little squirts.

After I'd had a thorough look,
The lady at the counter took
My finif for those sturdy shoes.
Oh, shoot! I should have grabbed a book.

Poetry by Thomas DeFreitas The PoetBay support member heart!
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Written on 2019-02-14 at 07:01

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josephus The PoetBay support member heart!
Thomas this was an absolute joy to read. Like Frostís poem it becomes richer when spoken. Well done!

Lawrence Beck The PoetBay support member heart!
Well done!

The last line is quite abrupt, so comical. Isn't 'Stopping by Woods' a rubaiyat? The form is similar, but I really like the voice and the tone of your poem.