Dollars and Cents

by Elizabeth C. Haynes

I envision some of the men
with souls inside like Shrinky Dinks.

​Withering away with each new dollar,
billions of them, piled on top,
weighing down and dissolving the
skin and bones into their essence.

The eternal self.

Far away and small, though,
the lights barely lit.
Their very existence diminishing
with made-up dollars and cents.

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