Heads or Tails

First published in Prune Juice 34, July 2021. Originally written in June of 2017.

      by Michael Dylan Welch and Gary Hotham

nickels in my pocket
from our birth years . . .
first of autumn                                                                  Michael

        warm coins
        for a cold soda                                                           Gary

winter drizzle—
no spare change
for the street performer                                                 Michael

spring showers
pennies dropping from
the child’s fist                                                                    Gary

        the ref calls
        heads or tails                                                            Michael

one long summer day
George Washington didn’t throw
a dollar that far                                                                 Gary