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Absolutely Nothing

Rating: 4.9

Once on a yellow piece of paper with green lines
he wrote a poem
And he called it 'Chops'
because that was the name of his dog
And that's what it was all about
And his teacher gave him an A
and a gold star
And his mother hung it on the kitchen door
and read it to his aunts
That was the year Father Tracy

took all the kids to the zoo
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Mo Riah 20 June 2013

By Osoanon Nimuss? At least credit Stephen Chbosky for writing it.

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Hattie Langman 06 September 2019

*rewriting it. Chbosky rewrote it for The Perks of Being a Wallflower, so personally i don't see what is so important about him being credited considering he's not the original writer...

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Nick Donaldson 01 April 2009

it explores so many aspects like growing up and the fall into depression - beautiful

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Moriiha Henderson 04 January 2009

My favorite poem EVERRRR.

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Emily Dickons 27 December 2007

This is both beautiful and powerful.

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aliza m 03 May 2018

i like how perks of being a wild flower show names of the poems so we can read ones justlike this

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D.l. Aceves 01 May 2014

A little Googling came up with the following: [“Brian Snow June 10,2013 at 10: 48 a.m. The poem was written by Dr. Ruem (Reum) in 1969 – used in several school districts peer education on the prevention of teen suicide – was used by Stephen Chbosky in “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”. Used over 130 times in research articles – was not written by a teenage suicide as indicated, but very effective. This poem has changed many lives, mine included. I even lost loved ones to suicide. Thanks – I hope this helps. Dr. Brian G Snow ” Finally and after many detours we let the poem as it appears on the site Genel Hodges, written by the pen of Earl Reum until proven otherwise. The Yellow Paper (A Person, A Paper, A Promise) by Dr. Earl Reum]

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Tuesday Crixus 12 January 2014

This is one of the most moving poems I've ever read.

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Rose James 20 October 2013

Doesn't it make it all the more powerful how the poets name sounds like 'O so anonymous'?

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Barry Grandon 16 September 2013

Today, I was looking through some old, forgotten items from my basement. In a box, I found a hand written copy of this poem that I have had since I was in high school, I graduated in 1968. My hand written copy gives credit to Jake Fisher as the author, so I don't really know who actually wrote it, but it has been in existence for at least 45 years.

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