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Mr. Nobody
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I know a funny little man,
    As quiet as a mouse,
Who does the mischief 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 the 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 lying round you see
Are not our boots,—they all belong
   To Mr. Nobody.

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dotief@comcast.net:
Hardy and I both remember this poem being in a children's book collection we each had as little kids. We think it was called THE HOW AND WHY SERIES. Thank you, Jayne, for this remembrance of something past!
Posted 10/13/2013 12:25 PM
KevinArnold:
Shades of "McCavity, the Mystery Cat," by T. S. Eliot.
Posted 10/13/2013 08:51 AM
Wilda Morris:
How true! We talked about Mr. Nobody a lot when my children were growing up! I've always enjoyed this poem, but had not read it for a long time.
Posted 10/13/2013 06:03 AM


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