They’ve just discovered Saturn’s rings
are made from ordinary things
that vanished or that got misplaced
and floated out to Outer Space.
Not just little bits of rocks.
The rings are made of missing socks,
lunch money, remote controls,
contact lenses, doughnut holes,
grown-ups’ long-lost baby teeth,
last December’s Christmas wreath,
Daddy’s keys and Grandma’s hair,
my last clean piece of underwear,
And so I’d have to say that, yup,
that’s where my homework ended up.
— Neal Levin
From Spider: The Magazine for Children. Cricket Media. Reprinted by permission of the author.
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About this Poem
Have you ever tried looking for something, but no matter how hard you tried, you couldn’t find it? That thing has to be somewhere, you reckon. But where? This poem finally reveals where all the things that have ever disappeared end up, once they’ve left this planet.
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