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Mr. Nobody

I know a funny little man,

As quiet as a mouse,

Who does the mischeif that is done

In everybody's house!

There's no one ever sees his face,

And yet we all agree

That every plate we break was cracked

By Mr. Nobody.


'Tis he who always tears out books,

Who leaves the door ajar,

He pulls the buttons from our shirts,

And scatters pins afar;

That squeaking door will always squeak,

For prithee, don't you see,

We leave the oiling to be done

By Mr. Nobody.


He puts damp wood upon the fire

  That kettles cannot boil;

His are the feet that bring in mud,

And all the carpets soil.

The papers always are mislaid;

Who had them last, but he?

There's no one tosses them about

But Mr. Nobody.


The finger marks upon the door

By none of us are made;

We never leave the blinds unclosed,

To let the curtains fade.

The ink we never spill; the boots

That are lying round you see

Are not our boots, -they all belong

To Mr. Nobody. 


Last update: 2/15/2017 11:01:17 AM     Comments (28)

Famous (Naomi Shihab Nye)

The river is famous to the fish.


The loud voice is famous to silence,

which knew it would inherit the earth

before anybody said so.


The cat sleeping on the fence is famous to the birds

watching him from the birdhouse.


The tear is famous, briefly, to the cheek.


The idea you carry close to your heart

is famous to your heart.


The boot is famous to the earth,

more famous than the dress shoe,

which is famous only to floors.


The bent photograph is famous to the one who carries it

and not at all famous to the one who is pictured.


I want to be famous to shuffling men

who smile while crossing streets,

sticky children in grocery lines,

famous as the one who smiled back.


I want to be famous in the way a pulley is famous,

or a buttonhole, not because it did anything spectacular,

but because it never forgot what it could do. 

Last update: 2/10/2017 9:15:51 AM     Comments (33)

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