Everybody, Anybody, Somebody and Nobody

people responsibility blame pointing fingersI enjoy reading this poem by Charles Osgood where the theme is about responsibilty.

There was a most important job that needed to be done,
And no reason NOT to do it, there was absolutely none.

But in vital matters such as this the thing you have to ask,
is WHO exactly will it be who’ll carry out this task.

ANYBODY could have told you that EVERYBODY knew,
that this was something SOMEBODY would surely have to do.

NOBODY was unwilling, ANYBODY had the ability,
but NOBODY thought he was supposed to be the one.

It seemed to be a job that ANYBODY could have done,
If ANYBODY thought he was supposed to be the one.

But since EVERYBODY recognized that ANYBODY could,
EVERYBODY took for granted that SOMEBODY would.

But NOBODY told ANYBODY that we are aware of,
That he would be in charge of seeing it was taken care of.

And NOBODY took it on himself to follow through and DO,
What EVERYBODY thought that SOMEBODY would do.

When what EVERYBODY needs so did not get done at all,
EVERYBODY was complaining that SOMEBODY dropped the ball.

ANYBODY then could see it was an awful crying shame,
And EVERYBODY looked around for SOMEBODY to blame.

SOMEBODY should have done the job and EVERYBODY would have,
But in the end NOBODY did what ANYBODY could have.

7 thoughts on “Everybody, Anybody, Somebody and Nobody

  1. I would love to use this page to share as a link, and I did that once.
    But I wish, it’s look was not messed up by greedy google ads
    Its interruption to such a serious message, which the blogger / website owner himself spoiled.
    Can the owner of this page also be “RESPONSIBLE” to make this page neat?

    • I hear you, Tushar. As much as I love blogging and sharing what I find useful with my reader, I would also like to monetize this blog.
      If you have an example of a “neat” page which doesn’t look too clutter with ads, please show me and I’ll be happy to make some changes to this blog.
      That way, I hope you’ll feel more ready to share this page. It’s a win-win situation. Let me know :)

  2. Please pardon the comment. In stanza 7 there seems to be a typo. It sya’s “But NOBODY told ANYBODT that we are aware of,
    That he would be in charge of seeing it was taken care of.” The name Anybody seems to be the error. We all make mistakes sometimes, but rather than do nothing we should do something.

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