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The Case of the Missing Keys

John values the use of humour and enjoys writing and reading limericks and jokes. He is a fan of Dr. Seuss, Edward Lear and Shel Silverstein

Losing Things or Misplacing Them

I am sure most of you can relate to losing/misplacing everyday things like spectacles, wallets, and car keys. It seems to be a regular occurrence for most people, especially as we get older and have trouble with our memory or recall. That said I think my sons lose items even more regularly than I do..at least wallets. I have never lost my wallet yet..touch wood. But my keys, now that is a different story, as my poem reveals.

I hope you enjoy 'The Case of the Missing Keys.'

The missing keys

The missing keys

The Case of the Missing Keys

My keys have gone missing,

I think they are lost.

Where could they be?

To find them I must.


I’ve looked everywhere

They could possibly be,

Even places they shouldn’t

Like under a tree.


My keys have gone missing,

They’ve just disappeared.

Once before they were stolen,

So that’s a real fear.


I used them this morning,

I took out the bus,

But since I came home

It’s all been a fuss.


My keys have gone missing,

Oh how can this be?

I’m always so careful,

This just isn’t me.


I had to do something

That got me distracted,

And I put the keys down.

My mind is compacted.


My keys have gone missing,

It’s really not fair,

The stress that I’m feeling.

I’m pulling out hair.


My wife says to retrace

Each step that I took.

I’ve done that five times,

More than a good book.


My keys have gone missing,

My head is so sore.

The car and the bus keys,

The house keys and more.


I’ve looked in the kitchen,

Every room in the home,

I checked out my tool shed,

And on the hook near the phone.


My keys are still missing,

I can’t concentrate.

I must find them soon,

The day’s getting late.


I’ve given up searching,

I can’t look anymore.

I’ll just go and shut ...

Oh! ... they’re in the back door.


... how embarrassing ...

I am sure that is the first place I looked ... really, it was ....

Keys in door: Image by Photo Mix from Pixabay

Keys in door: Image by Photo Mix from Pixabay

Questions & Answers

Question: Have you ever tried asking Saint Anthony for assistance when losing something?

Answer: No, I haven't, but thanks for the tip. Maybe next time I lose something I will try praying for his help.

© 2019 John Hansen

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