May 9 is LOST SOCK MEMORIAL DAY — the day we commemorate an inevitability we can all relate to: the sock you can’t find a mate to. You can search the floors and rummage through your drawers, but….well, let’s face it. It’s the dreaded….


Ozone hole, black hole,
Mysterious holes in space —
As a whole, no hole can match
The Great Sock Missing Case.

I faithfully put
Pairs of socks in the laundry —
How one of those pairs comes out
One-half pair is a quandary.

I look here and there….
I look everywhere —
Needless to say, there’s no trace.
One sock gone is weird —
Man, it just disappeared….
I mean, like it ain’t no place!

If it’s happened once,
It’s happened a bunch;
I wish I had the answer —
If only to post
It was spirited by the ghost
Of a dispirited one-legged dancer.

Whatever’s to blame,
Each theory seems defective;
It’s time to size up
The whole thing like a detective.

So, since we never lose
Underwear, shirt or blouse,
Logic says there must be
A socklifter in our house.




  1. scifihammy says:

    haha You must be right! The dreaded socklifter! 🙂
    There was an Ad ages ago about lost socks which made me laugh –

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  2. mistermuse says:

    Thanks for the Kool-aid — I mean, COOL AD. Maybe that’s the answer — every once in a while, a sock just decides to take off!


  3. arekhill1 says:

    It has been theorized that the spin cycle of the modern washing machine is capable of opening a wormhole through space and time. Someday, we will find a cave drawing of a Cro-Magnon person wearing one of your socks. Where he chooses to wear it we can only speculate.


  4. mistermuse says:

    As long as he didn’t rummage through my drawers for it, I don’t care where he wears it….my socks are one size fits all.


  5. Don Frankel says:

    Actually, other things go through the worm hole where Aliens from other Galaxies sell them in flea markets. The only difference is when they take our underwear or T-shirts we don’t have a lost other so we don’t notice.


  6. mistermuse says:

    Don, that sounds so logical that maybe I should worry about losing a certain body part other than my eyes, ears, arms and legs (maybe my nose, maybe – who knows?)..


  7. Joseph Nebus says:

    I hadn’t had the word ‘socklifter’ before, but have now.


  8. mistermuse says:

    It’s a word I might have shoplifted from the subject of my next post (tomorrow), but I plead guilty to inventing it myself.


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