My Computer Ate My Homework

by Kenn Nesbitt
My computer ate my homework.
Yes, it’s troublesome but true,
though it didn’t gnaw or nibble
and it didn’t chomp or chew.


I was panicked and perplexed
when it consumed my homework whole
as I pressed the Shift and Enter keys
instead of Shift+Control.


It devoured my hours of typing,
every picture, chart, and graph,
and it left me most unsettled
when I thought I heard it laugh.


I would guess it was a virus,
or it could have been a worm,
that deleted every bit
but didn’t prompt me to confirm.


I suppose I might have pressed Escape
instead of pressing Save,
but, regardless, that’s the last time
it will ever misbehave.


Yes, I found a good solution,
and I smiled to hear the crash
when I chucked it out the window
and it landed in the trash.


Text © Kenn Nesbitt, published by Meadowbrook Press.

Illustration © Mike Gordon.

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