I don’t know about you guys, but there are some days where I see a mitten lying abandoned in the snow, or a dropped bit of change in a classroom and I get really sad. Yes, it sounds mushy, but it’s as if I get sad for the objects! I keep thinking that they are personified and just sitting there waiting for their owner to come back for them so they can go home. In that light, I wrote a little cheesy poem to express my anguish over the abandoned hat and mitts:
I didn’t mean to fall out,
but there was too much stuff in your pockets.
I got squished and crumpled,
now I am totally unrecognizable.
It has been a long time since I’ve been part of the world outside.
The world that you brought me to disappeared,
it left with a hand picking me up, a
“Ooops, where’d you come from?”
and then I came here to this box.
It isn’t a pretty box,
battered and broken just like I am.
There are other things here,
mittens and scarves,
but none of them is my partner.
No one likes to talk to me here,
they are all wrapped up in misery that I don’t understand.
They tell me I am stupid to expect you to come for me,
that all things come here to die.
I still hope that you are coming,
and sometimes I think I hear your voice.
But the box never opens,
and I don’t remember the sunshine anymore.
Have you forgotten about me, Owner?
Have you thrown out my pair and gotten new mittens?
I wish you’d come back and find me,
I am not far form where I fell down.
Please come say hello,
even if you don’t feel like taking me home.
I miss my pair,
will you bring her here too?
More and more mitts come to join me,
but it’s not the same.
Maybe today you will come for me,
Sure, I get that mitts and hats don’t actually feel anything, but I keep feeling that the box they are thrown in must get dark, full and depressing from time to time. When I lose a mitten, I search for it all over the place because it’s important to me to find it. A couple of times I did end up finding it in the Lost and Found box at school and when I see all those forgotten pieces in there, I just want to take them all home so I can knit new pairs for them (assuming I knew how to knit, of course).
Then again, I’m probably one of the only ones that think like this, as I’ve never seen a poster anywhere stating “LOST MITTEN”.