Jan 5, 2009

Minting New Coins

by Joyce DiPastena

Okay, I admit it. I’ve been in a bit of a funk since Christmas came to an end. The after holidays blues? My brain’s been feeling all mushy, and consequently, I haven’t been able to think of anything to write for my ANWA blog. So I decided it was time to pull out my Silver Pennies book of poetry again, and give my mushy brain a rest by sharing another poem (by somebody else) with you.

The little introduction by Blanche Jennings Thompson reads:

When you put money into a bank it is not always safe. You may have to spend it or robbers may steal it, but the coins which we put into our “heart’s treasury” are safe forever. The memories of beautiful music, lovely poems, and wonderful pictures are coins of this kind. Can you think of others besides these?

She follows with a poem called, “The Coin”, by Sara Teasdale:

Into my heart’s treasury
I slipped a coin

That time cannot take

Nor thief purloin,—

Oh, better than the minting

Of a gold-crowned king

Is the safe-kept memory

Of a lovely thing.

As I read this poem, I began to reflect on the many lovely memory-coins that are mine from the year 2008. Now it’s time to go forward, shake my mushy brain awake once more, and begin to form some fresh “coins” for the year 2009!


  1. Joyce, I love your post! I love the poem1 I gives new meaning to the phrase "a penny for your thoughts." Happy New Year to you!

  2. Really sweet poem! Thanks for sharing it.

  3. I think it is important to remember the things that truly matter in our life. Comparing memories to money is profound because it adds a depth of importance and meaning to them. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Thanks, everyone. I love this poem, too. Maybe I was inspired to have a "mushy mind" for my blog this week. :-)

  5. Never underestimate the mushy brain Joyce...it sometimes delivers treasures like this one.

  6. What a lovely metaphor. I like to take out and polish my "coins" when I need to relax, especially at the end of a long day. I'll have to share this with my family.

  7. You've given us some nice thoughts, as always, Joyce.


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