I let a copper penny lie
on my picnic bench
next to jam and breads so sweet
but what think you caught his eye?
The gleam of unspent currency
a siren song to trap his fancy!
He lands and hops and jabs his beak
alights and soars — uncommon thief!
I spooned some jam onto my bread,
my lunch hour nearly over;
from afar, I heard him croak:
“Dear heart, you kept the better part.”
And let to us this lesson be,
our treasure is in what we share.
While shiny objects come and go
it matters more to feed our soul.