What's This Doing Here?

Sarah Goslee Reed
Sarah and Pleasant St. Elementary Kids


It is amazing (and somewhat frightening) what you can find in a fifth graders' desk, locker or backpack!! 


What’s This Doing Here? By Fifth Grade, Pleasant St., 1/10

    What’s this doing here? I should take this home
    Mom’s asked me for days wondering where it’s gone
    What’s this doing here? It could become compost!
    Maybe I should throw it out - this is really gross!!

I reached inside my messy desk to grab my science book
Instead I found a wad of gum - I don’t even want to look
I reached in further and pulled out a piece of moldy toast
The teacher’s wig and sunglasses. I turned white as a ghost
When Bailey stuck his head in there and let out a girlish scream (AAHHH)
He found the nest of my pet rat and said, “Josie, it’s time to clean.”
Some bitten off erasers, sweaty gym shoes and a shirt
The principal’s black panther, she will really go berserk!


I looked into my backpack and began to squirm
A dusty dried out toothbrush and a box of worms
I heard my cell phone ringing and had to find it fast
My hand felt something furry and I pulled out a cat
Underneath all that I found some pizza that was green
A squished up candy bar and a pair of old blue jeans
Next was baby brother and some underwear
The principal’s black laptop - how did THAT get there??


I opened up my locker searching for my coat
What I found surprised me - there was mom’s meatloaf!
Way down in the bottom I spied some soggy fries
And there was last week’s homework, right before my eyes.
I started going through this stuff and found a Christmas wreath
Stuck to it was a stinky sock and Grandma’s missing teeth
Half eaten yogurt and a purple cow
The principal’s blackberry, I’m in trouble now!!


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