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Today, I thought I'd share an original poem. It's one that kids really love when I share it with them at school visits (yeah, I do school visits! And right now I have an open schedule for next school year!). Usually it elicits a lot of comments about how various siblings have rooms like that, although the occasional kid will admit that it sounds just like them.

It went down well this past Monday at my poetry reading to a room full of grownups, too. I first shared this one at Greg Pincus's GottaBook blog last year during National Poetry Month.

Where Are Your Shoes?
by Kelly Ramsdell Fineman

You've lost your shoes – you don't know where.
You do not have another pair.
Your mother says they're in your room.
You trod upstairs to face your doom.
They aren't lying on the floor,
Not on your desk, not in a drawer,
Behind the chair, under the bed –
They must be someplace else instead.
You pull the door – it makes a creak –
Into the closet's depths you peek.
The hanging clothes are all unhung
Mixed in a pile with things you flung.
You sift and dig. You sort and toss.
You start to become very cross.
Then finally, inside a box,
You find your shoes. Where are your socks?

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May. 25th, 2014 12:57 am (UTC)
Violet Nesdoly
May. 24th, 2014 02:38 am (UTC)
What fun! I can see kids relating to this. It never ends, does it--that search for lost stuff. Reminds me of the weeks I spent at my daughter's with the grandkids. The search was always on for something!
May. 25th, 2014 12:57 am (UTC)
So true!
Linda Baie
May. 24th, 2014 03:39 am (UTC)
I love this, all the 'true' things, Kelly. I am my school's lit coach, but taught middle school for years and one of the things the students adored was writing about their shoes-poetry or prose--so I actually collect poems about shoes. Thanks for a terrific poem.
May. 25th, 2014 12:57 am (UTC)
A collection of shoe-related poems? How cool!
May. 24th, 2014 06:25 pm (UTC)
hee hee, too cute! this was super, kelly! :D
May. 25th, 2014 12:57 am (UTC)
Thank you! <3
May. 24th, 2014 11:02 pm (UTC)
HA! This poem makes me feel better about my haphazard housekeeping -- maybe it's not so bad after all!!
May. 25th, 2014 12:58 am (UTC)
I take it that means you can find your socks?
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