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I Almost Lost It!

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I Almost Lost It!

I looked in the file cabinet but I could not find it there.
It obviously had not been filed; I began to look elsewhere.  
I looked on the lamp table beside the green armchair.
Only to find my poem was gone, but I did not despair.

I looked in drawers in every room; frustration did forbear.
Exactly where I put my work, I was not aware.
I looked beneath my knitwear, my neck-wear, and nightwear.
My poem, lost in a nightmare, had vanished in thin air.

I began to search the kitchen, aggravation in full glare. 
I looked behind the china, the stoneware, and glassware.
I looked between the pots and pans, beneath the new cookware.
All too soon, my family knew my recall required repair.

So, I retraced my every move as fear began to blare.
There was nothing else to do but eat a chocolate éclair.
(But I was on a diet; so, instead…yea, right…I ate a pear.)
And all of this I did before my heart felt great despair.

“My Dear” came to help me, for I could find the poem nowhere.
At times like this, when things are lost, life seems so unfair.
The devil cast his fiery net, but my soul he did not ensnare.
I calmed myself, my hope was bare, and then, I said a prayer. 

It was soon discovered, after I cried, but did not swear.
That it was in the computer room, not stolen by some corsair.
A plastic drawer behind my chair had become my poetry lair.
Forgotten works, unfinished thoughts, old poems were nestled there.

Relief, now sighed, I caressed the page, new verse written with care.
And it was not long after this dreadful affair that I became aware.
Each poem that flows from a poet's heart is written with personal flare.
Uniquely styled, with passionate views, shared insights, loved and rare.

Whether upon the computer or on paper a poet's poems find air.
Each published thought from soul to man must be carefully stored somewhere. 
So, when upon a summer's steam you write your thoughts so fair.
Put them in a most safe place, consistently, and you will find them there.


© July 12, 2010
Dane Smith-Johnsen


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  1. Date: 7/14/2010 7:34:00 PM
    Dane Ann, I think your poem here really captures for ME the feeling of dread upon losing a poem and how we search everywhere (well, I would not be searching in clothes drawers or cupboards, but to each his own) and the way you prayed over it. I did that once or twice when I lost things important to me. A great write. Congratulations. Andrea

  1. Date: 7/14/2010 1:53:00 AM
    This is such an amazing monorhyme, Dane Ann :) Congrats on your win & yes, you do give sound advice to where to put these precious writes of ours-- and haha I would've chosen the eclair over that pear too! -- nikko :)

  1. Date: 7/13/2010 12:26:00 PM
    Congratulations Dane Ann on your win in A Rambling Poet's contest "Did you see my poem, I lost it!". Love, Carol

  1. Date: 7/12/2010 6:57:00 PM
    excellent poem,I deepy felt every word you displayed, congrats on your winner in the contest. Harry

  1. Date: 7/12/2010 5:29:00 PM
    Ha Ha!! Very funny, Dane Ann. They were by the computer all along! Congratulations on your win, dear. Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 7/12/2010 5:06:00 PM
    This is one I can relate you. Nice use of rhyme to share your thoughts. Congratulatons on your win in Constance's contest to my other comment. Keep up the good writing. Karen

  1. Date: 7/12/2010 3:15:00 PM
    great monorhyme, congrats on win

  1. Date: 7/12/2010 2:41:00 PM
    Congrats Dane Ann on your winning poem in the lost poem contest .. a fabulous write all can relate too and enjoy yourself as u dance to the winners circle.. with luv..

  1. Date: 7/12/2010 2:29:00 PM
    Congratulations, Dane Ann, on sixth place in my contest, Did You See My Poem, with this wonderful Monorhyme poem... Love Constance

  1. Date: 7/12/2010 10:08:00 AM
    I can lose a person in this place i call a office slash assylum cheers to this write my friend and i think we all been there im back here for a bit although the restrictions on work are not a pealing to me cheers my friend great job gonzo

  1. Date: 7/12/2010 6:42:00 AM
    Wow...this is so good.....this is another poem that could qualify for Constance's contest...and Danielle's monorhyme contest...two birds with one stone!! Great job, Dane Ann! Love, Carrie