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What is a Quarter

Story ID:6073
Written by:Monte Leon Manka (bio, contact, other stories)
Story type:Poem
Location:Hemet CA USA
Person:Quartered, Chelsea Kansas Kid
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What is a Quarter?

Before I started to school
It was hard for me to grasp
How much a quarter was
I always had to ask.

.25 cents, when of a dollar
20 minutes, when of an hour
160 acres, when of a section
4 ounces, when of a pound of flour.

3 months, when of a year
1 tiny slice, when of the moon
1 large chunk, when of a butchered beef
note, when in a merry tune

With all these different quarters
Mixed up in my brain
The meanings left me dumber
Sanity was hard to maintain.

Am I in the fourth quarter
At the age of 83?
Why are those silly fractions
Still bothering me?
Monte L. Manka 06-11-10