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

  • (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 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 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.)
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  • Bri 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.)
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  • Bri 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.)
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  • (1/25/2019 8:21:00 AM)

    Nice little twist of an ending. (Report)Reply

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  • (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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  • (1/13/2019 6:31:00 AM)

    You finna die baby (Report)Reply

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

    But there was nothing.
    I am like this line
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  • Bhagabat 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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  • (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

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

    umm doesnt relate to the poem

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  • (10/17/2018 1:51:00 PM)

    dumbshit boiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii (Report)Reply

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

    what a stupid thing to comment

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  • (8/30/2018 9:50:00 AM)

    Nice poems😍 (Report)Reply

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  • (7/19/2018 2:08:00 PM)

    It was a good author (Report)Reply

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

    you mean poet

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  • Elena 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 Mbuyazi (6/17/2018 10:47:00 PM)

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

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  • Khairul Ahsan (6/17/2018 10:18:00 PM)

    The last three lines are very inspiring. Nice poem. (Report)Reply

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  • Anil Kumar Panda (6/17/2018 11:13:00 AM)

    Nicely done story. Thanks for sharing. (Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (6/17/2018 4:16:00 AM)

    This story about boy and girl has been executed touching ly. Beautiful poem. (Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi Louis (6/17/2018 2:49:00 AM)

    Until you came along! !

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, November 29, 2011



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