Sleight of Hand

For forty years he had designed rings with white gold, diamonds, emeralds, rubies for her with love.

Now her newly naked fingers drop coins in slots, their decorations all gone.

Only a widow’s memory of a death bed promise remain: keep them in the family.

No jackpot today. The pawn broker delights in his trade.



Joanne Penney.

  • Austin Briggs

    Wow, your story really touched a string in my heart, Joanne. A strong statement about an addiction, and several levels of depth in a few words. Nicely done.

    • Joanne Penney

      Thank you Austin.