A Few Loonies

      by Fay Aoyagi, Michael Dylan Welch, and Garry Gay

First published in
Mariposa #34, spring/summer 2016, page 19. Originally topped off at Round Table Pizza in San Francisco (next to Fort Mason) on 13 September 2009.

distant thunder—
a vending machine rejects
my dollar bill                                                                                       Fay

        saved from a wet wallet
        Zambian kwacha                                                                      Michael

street musician—
just a few loonies
in her guitar case                                                                              Garry

        strung as an amulet
        five-yen coins                                                                            Fay

Riviera wind—
the one-armed bandit
pays off in euros                                                                              Michael

        at the taco truck
        a peso in my change                                                               Garry