30 Shillings!

_________

He sat with candy by the exit gate

Doing the math for the day’s date

He wrote it down to calculate the rate

Summing it up on his wooden slate

_________

‘O Lord!’ were my immediate feelings

How did he manage his monthly billings?

I wondered what were his highest ceilings

And how he survived with lesser of 75 shillings

_________

30 shillings is the price for living his life

30 shillings is the price for keeping his wife

30 shillings is better than chasing men with a knife

30 shillings is better than chasing dreams without strife

_________

He handed me the sugar petal

In exchange for this precious metal

The night would see a quieter wrestle

With a cup of tea from his cold kettle

_________

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Tesha Mongi © 2010

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