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Thoughts From The Diminished Dollar Bill

Audrey shares a unique point of view from the diminished value of the dollar bill. Her poem reveals the disappointment of this currency.

I'm crumbled and wadded and thrown to the floor.

I'm crumbled and wadded and thrown to the floor.


This piece of poetry directs the reader to the fundamental concepts of a one-dollar bill.

The dollar bill may just be an object, void of thoughts or feelings, or is it? What if that dollar had a kaleidoscope of emotion running through its threads?

I've included a surprising way to use the dollar bill, plus eight interesting facts.

Thoughts From a Dollar Bill

My life as a dollar is shrinking each day

And if it continues, I'll soon lose my way

I've tried, how I've tried to give all I'm worth

But my value is not what it was at my birth

I remember the time I brought smiles to a child

Now nobody wants me I'm tossed or just filed

Do you know what it's like to be needed no more?

To be crumbled and wadded and thrown to the floor?

To fall from a higher position in life?

My friends, let me tell you, it cuts like a knife

My brother, the five, is starting to feel

He's lost his worth, doesn't fill the bill

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I long for the days men labored for my clan

My confidence glowed I was part of a plan

Then there was a time the poor could be fed

I supplied food and plenty of bread

I clothed an old man to keep out the cold

In those days, you see, a dollar was gold

And when Christmas came, the best time of all

I was stuffed in a stocking right next to the ball

I've heard it said I come from a tree

This makes me sad, a tree should be free

To grow and to live and do what trees do

And keep our air clean and every sky blue

My number is up I'll soon be replaced

No more dollars to spend or to waste

And if you should happen to find an old dollar

Remember that once It was worth a big holler.

Never forget me I've done all I can

I tried, but still failed, to bring peace to each man

The Dollar Could Once Clothe The Poor

I clothed an old man to keep out the cold.

I clothed an old man to keep out the cold.

Replace The Dollar Bill?

On November 29, 2012, a House subcommittee met to consider replacing the dollar bill. This action took place after the seventh Government Accountability Office report on the subject. The latest information claimed that switching to dollar coins would save $4.4 billion over thirty years.

However, according to polls, few Americans want to give up dollar bills. Recent budgets passed by Congress have included provisions to prevent the Treasury Department from spending any of its funds to redesign the one-dollar bill, primarily because of potential cost impacts on the vending machine industry.

Eight Surprising Facts About the One Dollar Bill

  1. Paper type - 75% cotton and 25% linen
  2. In the year 1892, the first dollar bill was issued. As of 2017, there were currently 12.1 billion one-dollar bills in circulation worldwide.
  3. In 1862: The first one-dollar bill was issued as a Legal Tender Note (United States Note) with a portrait of Salmon P. Chase, the Secretary of the Treasury under President Abraham Lincoln.
  4. In 1929, all currency was changed to its current size.
  5. For the most part, the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing will redeem mutilated dollar bills as long as you still have more than half of the note.
  6. A 2002 study found that 94 percent of bills are contaminated with bacteria (mostly benign) and seven percent with dangerous pathogens, such as those that cause pneumonia and staph infections.
  7. Scientific research conducted in 2009 found that 90 percent of U.S. bills have been contaminated by cocaine.
  8. The inclusion of “In God We Trust” on all United States currency was required by law in 1955. The national motto first appeared on paper money in 1957.

Try This Refrigerator Test

While it's true that the dollar bill "ain't what she used to be" you can test your refrigerator and freezer doors using the diminished dollar. Here's all you need to do:

  • First you open the refrigerator or freezer door.
  • Then place a dollar bill between the seal and the door.
  • Shut the door.
  • Pull the dollar bill out of the door.
  • As you are pulling out the dollar bill you should feel some tension or resistance.
  • If you don't feel tension that means your seal needs to be replaced.
  • Repeat this test along the entire seal.

Do You Know This?


What Henry Ford Had To Say About The Dollar

The man who will use his skill and constructive imagination to see how much he can give for a dollar, instead of how little he can give for a dollar, is bound to succeed.

— Henry Ford

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2016 Audrey Hunt


Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on February 24, 2020:


Thank you very much! So glad you like my poetry.


I know, it's been too long. Working on my book about singing gives me little time for traveling. But don't give up on me!

Demas W Jasper from Today's America and The World Beyond on February 23, 2020:

Two years already, and you still haven't visited Spanish Fork again?

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on February 22, 2020:


I love these 3 poems.

I have posted this wonderful piece of your work on a page called Poets with a voice.

Thank you for sharing your talent.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on June 21, 2019:


I've heard that the dollar is worth more in India. Thanks for contributing to my article. I've enjoyed your comments.

Shaloo Walia from India on June 18, 2019:

Lovely poem and interesting 'dollar' facts. Compared to our currency, dollar is still quite strong!!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on February 05, 2019:


I remember those days too. My grandkids could hardly believe it. Personally, I don't see the need for all the symbolism on the dollar bill. Thanks, Lori!

Lori Colbo from United States on January 30, 2019:

Interesting. I've always found all the symbolism on bills rather creepy and mysterious. I remember when I could go to the movies, get a burger andmfries, and a good amount of penny candy with a buck.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on July 20, 2018:


I certainly do remember penny candy. I also remember going to the local theater to see a double feature, shorts, and cartoons for 10 cents.

I wrote this hub when I went to the dollar store. This particular location offered practically nothing for a dollar. Thanks for being here and enjoy your weekend (if you don't have to work.)

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 19, 2018:

This was fun to read Audrey and certainly different from your normal posts. The dollar has lost value over the years but so has the penny. Remember penny candy? (Smile)

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on May 16, 2018:

Elijah corrupts! We witness this every day. Thanks for your additional comments.

Elijah A Alexander Jr from Washington DC on May 09, 2018:

If my understanding of prophecy is correct, it is supposed to happen before the end of 80 years after the nation of Israel returned to their homeland which was 1948, I'm 73 and am aurally looking forward to it because that will be the only way we will ever have world peace. MONEY CORRUPTS!!!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on May 08, 2018:


I've heard that in the future, money will be obsolete and replaced by a chip or tattoo. I'm glad I won't be around. :) Thank you for being here and adding your informative comments to my article.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on May 08, 2018:

Nadine May

Thanks for this information about what the dollar is worth against other currencies. So glad to see you here my friend.

Elijah A Alexander Jr from Washington DC on May 07, 2018:

Thank you Audrey, I wasn't aware of some of that information. You presented it's dilemma in well written verse worthy of remembering for people whose needs are centered around it.

There is more truth to how, not only the dollar bill but money in general, is loosing its value. Prophetically money will be completely eliminated for a mark, number or name as either an implanted chip or tattoo above the right eye or in the right hand for scanning to obtain whatever anyone needs. That will be in place just after the destruction of the United States of America somewhere around he year 2021 as my hub The USA In bible Prophecy reveals.

Nadine May from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa on July 07, 2017:

Love your dollar story in poetry. We still need to multiply our R currency 12 to 13 times if we want to buy a Dollar, just to give you some idea what the Dollar is worth against other currencies.

Demas W Jasper from Today's America and The World Beyond on May 19, 2017:

That will be great!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on May 18, 2017:


Thank you so much for helping me with the last line of my poem. Made the change. Works so much better. I will be sure to give you a heads up the next time I visit Spanish Fork. Would love to meet you and your family.

Demas W Jasper from Today's America and The World Beyond on May 17, 2017:

"to bring peace to all men" allows for "to bring peace to each man" which will rhyme. And, the next time you come to Spanish Fork, plan to come to Lindon. It's not that far away! Let us know and I will provide our address and phone.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on February 01, 2017:

Thanks Nadine. I had no idea that 90 percent of U.S. bills are contaminated by cocaine. Unbelievable!


Yes, it's sad that the currency is diminishing in value. I still stop to pick up pennies on the road. They do add up!


Wow! To be able to buy several vegetables with just a dollar is amazing!

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on December 15, 2016:

Value changes...our Canadian dollar is low now but this, too will pass. I am glad I can go to the local market here in Cambodia and get several veggies for dinner with one dollar. One pineapple for example is 30 cents and they peel it for me, too.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 02, 2016:

Enjoyed your poem and how true it is. Our lowest currency denomination is the rupee today and we have had it in coins for decades now ever since the printing of one rupee note was stopped. In fact, we have notes only for rupees ten and above today.

It is sad to see the value of one's currency diminishing today.

Nadine May from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa on September 18, 2016:

Loved reading your poems....I never knew this but can well believe it that: Scientific research conducted in 2009 found that 90 percent of U.S. bills have been contaminated by cocaine.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on September 17, 2016:


I've always wanted to go to Australia! I agree that it's sad to see how money is declining. So glad you stopped by. Have a wonderful day (or night.)


Hi Kim. How is everything? So nice of you to read my little poem. Appreciate your being here. Thanks.


Hi Thelma,

Thanks for reading my poem about the diminishing dollar bill. Great to see you and enjoy your day.


Hi Martie

Good question. I didn't realize South Africa only had coins. I wonder if the US will eventually do the same. Thanks for enjoying my poem my friend. Happy thoughts to you,



By golly you're right. I forgot about the vending machines. :) Thanks for being here and for the thumbs up!

Enjoy your day,


Glenn Stok from Long Island, NY on September 17, 2016:

Ha ha, the vending machine industry will keep the dollar alive!

I thought of that when I got to your sidebar about "Replace The Dollar Bill". But then I realize the bill may be saved, but the dollar itself is doomed. Your poem was magnificent!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on September 11, 2016:


Thanks Sha for adding your great comments. The days of $.35 matinee are likely gone forever but what fun those times were. My grandkids almost don't believe that at one time this small amount would buy a ticket to the matinee and goodies to boot!

Martie Coetser from South Africa on September 11, 2016:

I wonder why do people put a higher value on paper money than on coins? After all, gold comes in coins :) Down here everything less than R10 comes in coins. $1 today equals R14.42. With R14.42 one can only buy one bread plus one liter (2.1 pt) milk.

Lots of humor in this poem. Thank you vocalcoach :)

Thelma Alberts from Germany on September 10, 2016:

What a wonderful poem! So true what you have written here. Thanks for sharing.

ocfireflies from North Carolina on September 07, 2016:


How true and sad. So nicely done. Thank You.


Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on September 06, 2016:

Dream on

What a marvelous extension you have provided to my poem. Only you with your unending creativeness could add so much wisdom. I particularly love the line "we've built everything you've ever seen."

Ms Dora,

The dollar is diminishing in value world-wide. Other coins are gone completely. Thank you.


I often forget to wash my hands after handling money and no telling where money has been. Thanks my friend.

Enjoy your day.


Bronwen Scott-Branagan from Victoria, Australia on September 05, 2016:

Here in Australia the 1 and 2 dollars have been coins for quite a time, while there are no longer any cent coins lower than 5c, and it is sad that what used to have quite a value is worth so little now.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on September 05, 2016:

Yep. I remember the $0.35 Saturday matinee. A dollar could get you a movie ticket and munchies to boot!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on September 05, 2016:

Blonde Logic

You're absolutely right my friend. The dollar holds a different meaning depending on where you live. Interesting how the R$1.00 works in Brazil. Thanks for being here and have a wonderful day!

Hi Mar,

Love your opening sentence. (Doesn't make any cents.) So clever and cute. Glad you liked the song. My spirits are always lifted when you come to visit me. Bit hugs.



When I was a kid even the lowly quarter bought me a movie ticket, popcorn, soda and penny candy. :) Our family was poor but heck we kids never suspected. Fun times.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on September 05, 2016:

Audrey, this poem is clever, fun and sad all the same. I found it quite astounding that 90% of US dollar bills are tainted with cocaine. Wow!

I can see how bills can carry bacteria and germs. Even knowing that, I think it would be hard to get used to carrying the coin equivalent.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on September 05, 2016:

What an interesting them for a poem! The facts about the one dollar bill were fascinating. One of the lessons I learned is to wash your hands after handling money!

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on September 05, 2016:

Great rhythm and rhyme depicting the lowering value of money and suggesting a comparison to the value of life. (The Eastern Caribbean dollar is now a coin.) Hopefully, the dollar won't take us down with it (smile!)

DREAM ON on September 04, 2016:

A dollar today is a green piece of paper to many.

In the world of credit cards and debit cards not even a thought.

A dirty bill carrying thousands of germs.

Wrinkled and worn.

To me it's something really special.

A symbol of America's wealth and freedom.

Memories of being a young boy.

Reminded money is not a toy.

A sign of wealth and prosperity.

Those who have it had to earn it.

Those who don't dream about it more.

I wish those who desperately need it.

Receive it with a little note.

Please use me with care.

I am property of the United States government.

I can help pay a bill and put food on your table.

I can be exchanged for gas that can help your car drive anywhere.

I can be saved for years or gambled away foolishly.

I can be hated, loved more than anyone in the world.

I'm just one dollar.

I don't buy what I use to.

People can say what they want.

Put me together with other dollars.

I can help pay for boats that travel on water.

Cars that take you to every destination.

Planes that fly you around the world.

With my help we have built every building you have ever seen.

I can make fortunes and drive people crazy.

I can still put a smile on a child's face

I have a history and stand for many things.

Share me on Facebook and see how fast I can move.

I wish you the best and a happy life.

Would it be to much to ask?

Give me to your family and friends.

So I can be respected and appreciated.

Above all else.

Stand for something beautiful.

Not just now but for many years to come.

Thank you sharing an important hub.I will always see a dollar as 100 little pennies tucked inside that wonderful paper.

LJ Scott from Phoenix, Az. on September 03, 2016:

Great hub Audrey, and I often quip about how at about ten years old in 1975... I would be entertained all day :

10 cent comic

10 cent bag of chips

15 cent soda

and the rest in penny candy .....oooooh Boy This poor generation!!!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on September 03, 2016:

always exploring

I had a feeling I'd find you here :) I find that my dollars can buy quite a bit...I go to the dollar store here in Nashville where nothing is over a dollar.


So Australia hasn't seen a one dollar bill in 20 years. Wow! And now the five is the lowest denomination. I didn't know this and I imagine a few others weren't aware of this as well. Thanks John for sharing.


So happy to know you found my little poem fun to read. Just the reaction I was hoping for. Thanks so much.

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on September 03, 2016:

This subject just doesn't make cents to me... :(

Cool song - fits perfectly, sweet Audrey - love anything you write, truly.

Mary Wickison from USA on September 03, 2016:

Having been out of the states for quite some time, it would seem odd to now hold a dollar. It's a piece of paper which means different things to different people.

Your poem is a wonderful reflection of its changing value, and role.

Here in Brazil we have a R$1.00 coin (Brazilian real). However in shops they will round up or down as our lowest coinage is 5 centavos.

Hope you're having a great weekend.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on September 02, 2016:


Your grandaughters are so precious. I'm sure they inherited their grandmas's great attitude. Thanks Linda.


I had to laugh out loud reading your comments. I agree...send those dollars to me. :)


No kidding...the dollar may not buy as much as it once did but I'm grateful for everyone I have. I found the following - it made me laugh:

If John Kerry had a dollar for every time he bragged

about serving in Vietnam -

oh wait,

he does.

- Ann Coulter

Thanks Bill

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on September 02, 2016:

This is a wonderfully with poem, Audrey. I thoroughly enjoyed it. In Australia we did away with one and two dollar notes maybe 20 years ago. $5.00 is our lowest denomination note.

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on September 02, 2016:

Awesome! The almighty dollar...shrinking from its almighty throne. LOL.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on September 02, 2016:

This was a fun read! I had no idea the dollar might be a thing of the past. I like the dollar even though it doesn't buy much anymore.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 02, 2016:

What a fun read, and oh, how true! Still, I know a few people who still think the dollar is worth a great deal. :)

hugs from Olympia

FlourishAnyway from USA on September 02, 2016:

Great combination of creativity and interesting facts. And if anyone gets tired of their dollars, they can send them my way. I'll appreciate the dollar.

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on September 02, 2016:

My granddaughters think the dollar is worth a whole lot. I hope their way of thinking lasts for quite awhile.

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