The first stanza I learned from the musical "Grease"; it has the sound of folklore. The second stanza I added myself; I think it has the old-fashioned tendency to impress on children both the seriousness of life and human mortality.

Find a Penny

Find a penny,
Pick it up;
All day long
You'll have good luck.

Find a penny,
Let it lie;
Some day you
Are bound to die.

Poetry by Rob Graber
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Written on 2010-03-22 at 20:57

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StillHoppin The PoetBay support member heart!
Well thank you for my daily dose of morbidity! :)

I like it! (not the morbidity, the poem ;)


John Ashleigh
A brilliant addition to an already brilliant set of words.
It works really well!


Thanks for the subtle reminder, Dr. G.

Veri nise!

Both my grandmother and mother both used to say this except it was pin instead of penny. Liked your additional stanza, sort of belongs somehow.

Yes, this sounds just like a traditional rhyme Rob :)

jenks The PoetBay support member heart!
i speak to you in my yorkshire voice!
nay lad...i learnt this int playground 50 year ago :)
and now cop ya ears ta yorkshire creed...

hear all, see all, say nowt
sup all, eat all, pay nowt
an if ever tha does owt for nowt
do it for thissen.

on ilkley moor ba` tat...

very much enjoyed rob.

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or a centime but of course we cannot have those anymore lol - I loved grease I was at school when it came out and queued for hours to see the film. Fond memories, at music college we did a revue of songs from grease :-)

Elle x

Yes. I was amazed to hear not long ago that the nursery rhyme "ring around the rosy, pockets full of posies, etc." orginally referred to the sores on those in the Middle Ages who contracted the black plague. Apparently the lesions were a pinkish color. Thus, the ominous ending "all fall down."