Sooner or later
something very valuable
slips through everyone's hands.
It may be a coin
fed into a slot or
a rare stamp on a yellowed envelope
thrown away without a thought.
Have you overlooked a masterpiece
in a junk shop selling for fifteen dollars
or left an autographed first edition
in that pile of books on your stoop?
Maybe it was a piece of real estate
not purchased or
a job you should have taken.
I let you go
and tossed you aside
not recognizing your worth,