Treasure Island

John Carter Brown


A Hole In My Sock


I've noticed, again, a small hole in my sock
And there's something I don't understand:
It puzzles me greatly, I'm baffled, and so
On this subject I now should expand.

I put the sock onto my left foot and see
That peeping out there's my big-toe;
This makes me unhappy, because I am sure
That left there, the small hole it must grow.

To effect a solution is easy enough,
So I swap the sock o'er to my right,
Then the known laws of physics get twisted around,
I begin to lose trust in my sight.

I cannot believe what I see on my foot
It seems that the hole has reversed;
It's moved to the left - to my other big-toe!
I now think my sock has been cursed.

I swap the sock back, and the hole moves again,
It's creepy - what does it intend?
It's back to the right, where it was in verse two,
I now think I've gone round the bend.

And so I surrender, it's all got too much
Sock-holes move, and of that there's no doubt;
I just wanted to warn you about it, and thought,
Like the toe, that I'd just point it out.

(Written Aug 2013)

Submitted: Saturday, August 24, 2013
Edited: Monday, August 26, 2013

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I think I need some new socks.

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  • Yash Shinde (4/12/2014 1:21:00 PM)

    .......people should learn from you, how to turn everyday incidents into stocks of humor.............lovely write (Report) Reply

  • Susy Evelyne (10/24/2013 2:33:00 PM)

    This is a 5-star poem (or 10/10) . It passes the laughter test and the punchline is brill. (Report) Reply

  • Ruth Walters (8/29/2013 3:10:00 PM)

    .......and point it out you did :) What I want to know is how socks are lost in washing machines and are never seen again? Is there some black hole, some cavernous pit within the machine that sucks them in? Do they end up in 'sock alley' or down 'sock it to me hill'? ? ? ? ? ? Where are all the odd socks? : o))))) I know not still. Beam me up Socky, tee hee (Report) Reply

  • Valerie Dohren (8/25/2013 9:09:00 AM)

    Very funny write John - can't say I have experienced this problem myself though, and yes I definitely think you should buy some new ones. (Report) Reply

  • Diane Hine (8/24/2013 8:04:00 PM)

    This phenomenon has confounded physicists for years. I find the best solution is to sew the hole up while it's still on my foot because if I take it off I know I'll forget to do it.
    An entertaining poem! (Report) Reply

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