What is a flotsam?
said Sam
I think it's a quahog
said Tom
Why?
said Sam
A quahog lives deep in the sea
and that is where a flotsam may be
I'm confused!
said Sam
Then just leave and ask Jenna instead

What is a flotsam?
said Sam
I think it's so elephantine
said Jenn
Why?
said Sam
Elephantine is so clumsy and big
and flotsams can be larger than a pig
I don't understand!
said Sam
Then just go and ask Timmy instead

What is a flotsam?
said Sam
I think it's a mantilla
said Tim
Why?
said Sam
Mantillas are made of strong lace
and flotsams may fall on your face!
You're so mean!
said Sam
Then just leave and ask David instead

What is a flotsam?
said Sam
I think its a wagtail
said Dave
Why?
said Sam
wagtails can have such a long tail
they can sit on a flotsam's rail!
Huh?
said Sam
Oh! Just go and ask Suzan instead

What is a Flotsam?
said Sam
I think it's an ossuary
said Sue
Why?
asked Sam
An ossuary is for skulls and bones
and flotsams can be made out of those
I don't get it!
said Sam
Then just leave and ask Judith instead

What is a Flotsam?
said Sam
I think it's a baobab
said Judy
Why?
said Sam
baobabs and tamaracks are trees
and flotsams can be made out of these
You're confusing!
said Sam
I'm so terribly sorry poor Sam
just go and ask teacher instead

What is a Flotsam?
said Sam
What did the other kids say?
Asked teacher
Tom said a clam
Jenn said huge
Tim said a scarf
Dave a bird
Sue said a place for the dead
and Judy said a tree!
Now what could a flotsam be?!

The teacher replied,
very proudly because she knew:

The wreckage of a broken ship floating on sea
that is what a flotsam should be!