Lost and Found

by Ted Scheu
This morning, Mom reminded me
to check the Lost and Found.
So just to make her happy,
I took a look around.

The box was like a stinky mouth,
whose grin was dark and wide.
I gulped and took a monster breath
then reached my arm inside.

I dug around without a sound
through swirls of clothes and dirt.
To my delight, the box spit out
my favorite soccer shirt.

I peered a little deeper down,
and there, to my surprise,
a little face gazed up at me
with wide and eager eyes.

I took a triple-double take
and saw it was my sister.
It’s sad to thinkā€”for several weeks,
we hadn’t even missed her.


Text © Ted Scheu, reprinted from Rolling in the Aisles published by Meadowbrook Press. Illustration © Stephen Carpenter. Any copying or use of this poem or illustration without consent is unlawful.

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