Walter de la Mare

(1873 - 1958 / Kent / England)

Mr Nobody


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 our books,
who leaves our doors ajar;
he pulls the buttons from our shirts,
and scatters pins afar,
that squeaking door will always squeak,
because of this you see:
we leave the oiling to be done
by Mr Nobody.

He puts damp wood upon the fire,
So 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 marked upon the door
By none of us are made;
We never leave the blind 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.

Submitted: Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Edited: Wednesday, November 19, 2014

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  • Rookie Sue Anne (12/10/2011 2:20:00 AM)

    hahaha...this poem is in the syllabus of form1 in English literature...because of I'm not so good in this subject, , , I only got 'B'... (Report) Reply

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