Michael Rosen

(7 May 1946 / Harrow, London)

Once

Poem by Michael Rosen

Once there was a boy who
wanted to be beautiful
and a girl who
wanted to be strong.
The boy was worried
that he wasn’t beautiful enough.
The girl was worried
that she wasn’t strong enough.

One day they went out to seek
their fortunes.

But there was nothing.

There was nowhere for them to go
Nothing for them to see
No one for them to meet.
There was no story for them
to be in.
They couldn’t even meet each other.
You may have thought they had already met
but they hadn’t
because there wasn’t anywhere
for them to meet.

Until you came along
and decided that you can do
something about it.


Comments about Once by Michael Rosen

  • D. Loveday Morris (7/1/2020 1:20:00 PM)

    Beautiful(Report)Reply

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  • Maya D (2/1/2020 1:20:00 AM)

    I hate this because I am bull(Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (8/22/2019 5:25:00 AM)

    nowhere
    nowhere the beautiful face is existed!

    nowhere
    nowhere the strength, the fortune is live

    yeah,
    in thyself
    in the inn of self
    in the inn of self mind
    everything is live strangely
    just need the true eyesight, eye-light of seeking///(Report)Reply

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  • Adeeb AlfatehAdeeb Alfateh (7/3/2019 1:07:00 AM)

    There was nowhere for them to go
    Nothing for them to see
    No one for them to meet.
    There was no story for them
    to be in.

    beautiful
    great 10+++++++++++++++++(Report)Reply

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  • Walt Disney The Devil (Harrow) (4/26/2019 9:03:00 PM)

    I simply love your poems Michael! Especially 'Chocolate Cake' I always have chocolate cake for my birthdays and desert. Sometimes even swimming!All of your poems was amazing and blissful hopr you write some more!(Report)Reply

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  • Bri EdwardsBri Edwards (1/31/2019 6:53:00 PM)

    (cont.)

    4 -

    She pushed herself against the boy,
    but he pushed back, filled with alarm.
    She asked: “Boy, do you find I’m strong? ”
    He said: “You are, for a girl. Now let go my arm.”

    So boy and girl met and both were satisfied.

    (Jan. … 31...2019)


    bri

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  • Bri EdwardsBri Edwards (1/31/2019 6:53:00 PM)

    (cont.)

    3 -

    Little girl, do you find me beautiful?
    She said to him: “Yes I do indeed! ”
    Then she showed him her left titty.
    which shocked the boy so much he peed.

    (cont.)(Report)Reply

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  • Bri EdwardsBri Edwards (1/31/2019 6:53:00 PM)

    (cont.)

    2 -

    Came a girl wishing to be strong.
    She walked into the alleyway.
    She hadn't been there very long...
    before a pretty boy stood up to say:

    (cont.)(Report)Reply

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  • Bri EdwardsBri Edwards (1/31/2019 6:52:00 PM)

    1 -

    Until you came along......... you? ? Who? ..ME? Yes, i CAN do somethin' 'bout it.


    Boy Meets Girl Meets Boy

    A boy wishing to be beautiful
    painted his face like a doll-girl.
    Then he waited at an alley dustbin
    hoping his boring life would unfurl.

    (cont.)(Report)Reply

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  • Eric Watson (1/25/2019 8:21:00 AM)

    Nice little twist of an ending.(Report)Reply

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (1/25/2019 2:04:00 AM)

    A marvelous poem coming out of a casual thought and simple actions n their observation.(Report)Reply

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  • BIG CHUNGUS (1/13/2019 6:31:00 AM)

    You finna die baby(Report)Reply

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  • Paresh ChakraParesh Chakra (11/28/2018 4:34:00 AM)

    But there was nothing.
    I am like this line(Report)Reply

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  • Bhagabat Prasad HottaBhagabat Prasad Hotta (11/9/2018 11:16:00 AM)

    Good poem in a good thought......I like to read this....10++++++++++++++(Report)Reply

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  • GLOBGOGABGALAB (10/22/2018 9:24:00 AM)

    wERE GOING ON A BEAR HUNT WERE GOING TO CATCH A BIG ONE WURT A BOOTIFUL DAY WE ARE NOT SCARED!(Report)Reply

    blahefhjefh(10/31/2018 5:40:00 AM)

    umm doesnt relate to the poem

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  • Lazerbeam (10/17/2018 1:51:00 PM)

    dumbshit boiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii(Report)Reply

    blahefhjefh(10/31/2018 5:39:00 AM)

    what a stupid thing to comment

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  • Himadri (8/30/2018 9:50:00 AM)

    Nice poems😍(Report)Reply

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  • Tacky (7/19/2018 2:08:00 PM)

    It was a good author(Report)Reply

    blahefhjefh(10/31/2018 5:39:00 AM)

    you mean poet

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  • Elena SanduElena Sandu (6/17/2018 11:02:00 PM)

    Wow! ! What a brilliant way to change the view of society, to acknowledge the differences and create open doors towards acceptance and inclusiveness.. We still have a long way to go but every road becomes shorter with each taken step. And the whole trip, indeed, starts with me myself. Awesome poem, thank you for sharing!(Report)Reply

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  • Lungelo S MbuyaziLungelo S Mbuyazi (6/17/2018 10:47:00 PM)

    Great write....simply artistic write(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, November 29, 2011