Lawrence S. Pertillar

(February/'47 / Connecticut, USA)

I'm Not Leaving Nothing


I'm not leaving nothing.
I'm not leaving 'nothin',
Near my feet to peep.
I'm not leaving nothing,
No.
I'm not leaving nuthin'.
I perceive as 'sumthin',
Within my reach to keep.
My eyes will focus closer.

I'll spot a penny in a minute.
To pick it up and quick.
Then slip it in my pocket.
To make it benefit,
With a doing of it.

Noooo...
I'm not leaving nothing.
I'm not leaving 'nothin',
Near my feet to peep.
I'm not leaving nothing,
No.
I'm not leaving nuthin'.
I perceive as 'sumthin',
Within my reach to keep.
Not-these-days!

I know a quarter when I hear it,
When on cement it drops.
And 'if' I see a dollar bill,
My foot on it hops to stop.

Well...
I'm not leaving nuthin'
Even if it's in a tree.
Call me what you wanna...
But I need every cent I've got,
To help buy groceries.
Oh...
I'm not leaving nothing.
I'm not leaving 'nothin',
Near my feet to peep.
I'm not leaving nothing,
No.
I'm not leaving nuthin'.
I perceive as 'sumthin',
Within my reach to keep me fed...
With a dignity I'll always keep inside my head.

I'm not leaving nothing.
I'm not leaving nuthin',
Behind if it shines.
I'm not leaving nothing.
No...
I'm not leaving nuthin',
I'm not leaving nothing...
A dime, penny, quarter, nickle it will be mine.

Submitted: Tuesday, July 09, 2013
Edited: Wednesday, July 10, 2013

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