PURCHASE
by Robert L. Penick

I knew I’d need a cane someday
so I picked one up
at the Catholic thrift store.
Admired its heft and  
sturdiness.  You could go off
to war leaning on a cane  
like that, you could  
circumnavigate the Earth
with that lumber in hand.
It was pitted, marked with
scars and dings, the former
owner now dead,
I realized.
I put it back
among the old radios
and knick-knacks,
walked outside, surveyed
the blue sky.
Then walked back in,
made my investment
in the future.








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Robert L. Penick’s writing has appeared in many literary
journals including
The Hudson Review, North American Review,
and
Quiddity.  More of his work can be found on his website.   


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