“Don’t give me any fifties”

The teller looked perplexed

“I don’t understand,” she said

As she gave him hundreds instead

“Well, you know,” he said,

“Here’s the deal”

“You never give a Southerner

A fifty-dollar bill”

“I still don’t understand she” said

As she handed him his money

“It really seems confusing

After all it’s only money”

“When you hand that bill to me,” he said

“It’s an insult to my roots”

“T’is a sad day for the human race”

“All the way down to my boots”

“I’ll take a Franklin or a Hamilton

“About those two I’ll not rave or rant”

“But when it comes to fifties

I’ll never take a Grant!” *


*For those of you who may not be familiar with American history, Ulysses S. Grant was the Union General who was the head of the Union Army during the Civil War. He was there when General Robert E. Lee signed the document of surrender ending the war. More lives were lost in the Battle of Antietam than any other war before or since. It was a bloody conflict and the animosity of Southerners against Northerners still exists among some who still have not given up the fight in their mind


This is a poem written by my friend Bob S., who looks at things from a different perspective … that of printing a photo of General Robert E. Lee on a bill  of his own. See what you think…


We struggle for images to put on or bills

Like government has nothing better to do

Many feel this war over and the memory to bed

That’s far harder to do than it is being said

The war lingers on in a far different way

Instead of with bullets its now done with pay

Go south of the line and you’ll see what I mean

The disparity of life can easily be seen

So lets honor General Lee as the gentleman who surrendered

Let put his image on meaningful tender

A seventy-five dollar bill seems a very odd tender

But think of the change you will get from a vendor

We feel like we’ve come so far from that struggle

But till we see parity we will always have trouble

A unified America is what we need

An image on a bill is such a false deed.





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