Friday, March 30, 2012

Penny blues

Yesterday's budget gave the Canadian penny the pink slip (sniff, sniff).  Of course it will take a while before the penny disappears.  They will be phased out of circulation. However no more will be minted after this April, bringing an end to 104 years of pennydom.

I guess since it now costs 1.6¢ to make a penny it just makes sense (cents). After all don't they say, "If you look after the pennies, the nickels will look after themselves"? (And how can we expect the nickels to behave if we let the pennies get away with such daylight robbery?)

The end of pennies brings to mind some of the verses and rhymes with pennies in them. For example the one we'll be heartily singing next weekend:

Hot cross buns!
Hot cross buns!
One ha' penny, two ha' penny
Hot cross buns!

If you have no daughters
Give them to your sons.
One ha' penny, two ha' penny
Hot cross buns!

Or the one we sing at Christmas:

Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat
Please put a penny in the old man's hat
If you haven't got a penny, a ha' penny will do
If you haven't got a ha' penny, then God bless you!

Then there's poor Jenny:
See saw, Margery Daw,
Jenny shall have a new master;
She shall have but a penny a day
Because she can't work any faster.
Finally, this one seems to fit the spirit of the times perfectly, at least for some folks:

Jingle, jingle jack
A copper down a crack
Twenty men and all their wives
With sticks and picks and pocket knives
Digging for their very lives
To get the copper back.
- Leroy F. Jackson

This post is submitted to Poetry Friday, hosted this week at my juicy little universe.


jama said...

Sorry to see the penny go. It makes economical sense, but still . . . love your nursery rhyme tribute to the copper here.

violet said...

Thanks, Jama! I am sorry about the penny too, though its demise means that my purse will lose some weight.

Pilgrim said...

Oh my. Time to write a lament.