shot glass
"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare

Brian Beatty


Five Birthdays

It wasn't so much the smell
of pipe smoke as it was
the scent years of fresh,
damp tobacco had left
in a pocket-sized
black leather pouch
that zippered across the top.

I carried my coin collection
around in that pouch
along with a .45 bullet I'd found
I can't remember where now.
Origins continue to be a mystery to me.
The silver war pennies inside
were gifts from family.