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A Penny Candy Store by Joseph T. Renaldi

Walking by an old abandoned building

That once housed a penny candy store,

I envisioned all the wide-eyed children

As they gazed at the display of candy galore.

I was saddened by the closure,

And it took me back to the days of yore

When I, too, was spending my pennies

At the neighborhood’s penny candy store.

As a youngster, I stared in disbelief

At all the candy unsurpassed

And often rubbed my fingers unconsciously on

The counter top of highly polished glass.

At the proprietor’s helpful suggestion

I would only remain silent and gape.

The variety of candy caused me to be uncertain

As to what penny candy I would take.

What a thrill to have a penny in my hand?

It is a feeling that I still cherish today.

I was able to go to the penny candy store

To select and buy candy my own way.

Though I may still be indecisive at times

While viewing the niceties by the score,

The thoughts of time tried candy still remain

From the old, neighborhood candy store.

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