For the next half of National Poetry Month 2017,
Malvina will Sing It, and I'll write a poem in response.
Along with all of the songs she wrote about the issues of her times (still current now), Malvina Reynolds also wrote songs for children. In the documentary Love it Like A Fool, she mentioned that it irked her that men were taken seriously when they were any age, but with her white hair and her songs for children, she became known as "The Singing Grandmother." Anyone who's been listening along through this month knows without a doubt that Malvina Reynolds was much much more than a "Singing Grandmother."
The beaded coin purse
full of loose change,
bulged on the kitchen counter
beside the mug full of leaky pens and
pencils with dried out erasers.
In the top dresser drawer
beneath silky slips
that hadn’t been worn in decades
was stashed a plastic bag of pennies.
collected because perhaps they’d become valuable.
Mom’s laudable thrift,
learned at the knee of necessity
makes my lack of frugality
Her someday was always out of reach.
Mine jingles in my hand.
©Mary Lee Hahn, 2017