I peer beneath the water’s sparkling surface
Staring through ripples in fountains
Widening circles trembling outward
Framing the pulsating image returning my eager gaze
I am searching for pennies
The tangible symbols of wishes
Both lofty and small
And I focus beyond my own reflection
My mind intent
Anonymous strangers’ long abandoned dreams

I retreat within the fragile recesses of guarded memory
To stumble again down shadowy, mental pathways
Overgrown with steadliy encroaching days
Making my way..
Toward the filtered rays of brightness
Beckoning just beyond my reach
And barefoot I wade through swirling pools of stored up tears
Pools without even the copper-clad wishes of strangers
To distract me momentarily from my own soul’s
Poverty and pain…
Spurred on by an inner longing too intense to be ignored
Guided by instant far too powerful to be suppressed
My heart reaches for meaning amid the turmoil

I recall the echoes of phrases whispered on the wind
Urging my barren soul toward hope and life
And I understand suddenly
As if I had known forever
That the priceless jewel I seek will never be found
Undisturbed and green with tarnish
At the bottom of shallow pools
Viewing the ageless search for wholeness
With newly opened eyes
I see that life’s illusive wealth lies buried
In vastly deeper waters than I ever
Cared….or dared
In all my spirit’s wandering to look

I ponder the infinite promise
Unfathomable to the probing mind
Yet, strangely alluring to the thirsting soul
The promise embodied in the One who
Is Love incarnate
The One whose timeless sacrifice beckons
To all who would share the hope of Life abundant
Life resplendent
Life eternal and unending…springing up within
All who embrace the Gift of cleansing full and free
All who would in faith surrender staunchly guarded souls
And plunge head first into the deep, uncharted waters
Where life’s true riches wait

I gaze once more into the gently ,rippling fountain
That has brought me some comfort in my
Empty and lonely hours of late
And the peacefully radiant face in the pool
Returns my smile
It is clear she shares the joy I feel knowing that
I now have the priceless knowledge
That I no longer need to search for pennies….


Trish Cooper

Bloomington, United States

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I think…no I know..that we all have times in our lives of strife,sadness,lonliness…Times where we feel that we have just had it…been pushed to the limit…times where you just want to scream OK I have had enough!!!!….Can you please stop the world?? I’d like to get off!!……It is during these difficult times when you find out many things: who are your true friends…., how to ask for help, if you never have before…, how to take one step at a time..sometimes just taking one hour at a time….and if you have to rely on yourself, that you are stronger than you give yourself credit for…and yes, it is ok to cry…and that no matter how bad things are, things will eventually get better, even though at the time it seems impossible…without the bad times in our life, the good times sometimes can get taken for not misunderstand me, You know me..I am the LAST person to want to see or hear that anyone is having a hard time in their life, I just mean that without some difficult times…life can be taken for granted…and sometimes you need something to give you a push to find out you are stronger than you think you are, or get back in touch with faith or whatever it is that has some meaningful value to your heart and soul….this piece is very important to me, ….special… is so much more than just is something I have worked on through many sleepless nights…many tears and yes ME feeling some anger and lonliness….sorry for rambling on I guess what I want to say is enjoy life, please be thankful for your family, friends,everyday on this earth…and in the times of strife…you may be surprised how they can make you stronger and SO appreciative of the good times….Trishaxoxox

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