The Death of Currency


The ink stained linen and shiny coins

That have passed through ten thousand hands

Have gone the way of the dinosaur

As technology overtakes the brand


Commerce becomes digitized

Cash now offered with apology

Greenbacks on the barrel head

Are now an ancient oddity


Plastic and our cell phone apps

The currency of the day

Friday lines at the bank

Erased by direct pay


And beggar on the street corner

Hoping for the change we can spare

Is greeted by the empty hands

Of empty pockets with nothing there


I used to save my pennies

In a jar beside the bed

Now that hungry vessel

Is rarely ever fed


Gone the tiny portraits

Of Presidents from our past

Who ever thought that trusted bills

Would die out so very fast


23 Responses to “The Death of Currency”
  1. I’ve always made it a point to save all of my coins except my pennies (too much time to roll up 50 coins in a wrapper for just 50 cents!), and then I got away from it because I could use a credit card that earned me loyalty points which I could redeem for a reward. It doesn’t help that I now live in a place with coin-operated laundry equipment, which eats up my quarters! I’m trying to get back to carrying some cash with me for purchases of less than $20, simply to be able to once again drop a few coins into the pot!

    • Brad Osborne says:

      I try to do the same. I usually carry a twenty in my wallet for small purchases, but at the end of the week it is still there because the card is so convenient. Love you, sis!

  2. Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

    You are so right my friend! Here un Europe we do everything through QR codes so no one touches anything but there are still queues at the banque most mornings but banques here open only till 1400 hours… But I still do all my business in cash! Euros on the nose my friend!

  3. Jim Borden says:

    clever poem, Brad; the times they are a changing…

    I am all too familiar with that photo… 🙂

  4. kristianw84 says:

    Not exactly on topic, but related to it. I learned in my economic courses how quickly the value of the American dollar is dropping. Once, it held the highest value, every country wanted to get its hands on the almighty American dollar. Now, it’s losing its value so rapidly as America continues to lose its power. It’s quite scary, and depressing. Economics is SO depressing. Perhaps, that’s why my professors enjoyed talking to me so much. I was always honest about my fears and sadness. They often asked for my input on ways we can change ac nd improve the economy. The sad truth is, I’m not sure there are any easy ways to fix an economy that has been so broken for so long.

    • Brad Osborne says:

      When I was off traipsing around the world, I never had to worry about finding a cambio to exchange currency. The US dollar was king and gladly accepted anywhere. I have a different theory on why your professors like talking to you, but what do I know?

      • kristianw84 says:

        Haha. Oh, Brad. We’re probably both right about my professors. I still want to hear all of your fascinating stories, by the way. (Especially, the plane story!) ❤

      • Brad Osborne says:

        I almost forgot about that. As I am struggling a bit on the poetry side of inspiration, maybe I will do some editorial writing and share that story. Or we can laugh about it over our lunchbreak when we finally get that motorcycle ride together!

      • kristianw84 says:

        Even if you do write about it, I would still love to listen to you tell the story over lunch!

  5. petespringerauthor says:

    This old dinosaur will continue to use his cash. Like with most new technologies, I’m at least three or four steps behind.

  6. Cashless when I had no money, now still so cashless when I do.
    Too sad to pass off as funny, so doggerel will have to do.

  7. PRAPTI GUPTA says:

    This is so realistic. Just loved it

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