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Handout 3: Five Cents

Excerpted from Chattanooga by Ishmael Reed (New York: Random House, 1973). Permission granted by Lowenstein Associates, Inc.

If I had a nickel

For all the women who've

Rejected me in my life

I would be the head of the

World Bank with a flunkie

To hold my derby as i

Prepared to fly chartered

Jet to sign a check

Giving India a new lease

On life

If I had a nickel for

All the women who've loved

Me in my life I would be

The World Bank's assistant

Janitor and wouldn't need

To wear a derby

All I'd think about would

Be going home.

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Last updated on Tuesday, October 28, 2014.

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