I’m nobody! Who are you?
Are you nobody, too?
Then there ’s a pair of us–don’t tell!
They ’d banish us, you know.

How dreary to be somebody!
How public, like a frog
To tell your name the livelong day
To an admiring bog!

–Emily Dickinson

(Tip of the hat to Almostgotit)


  1. Wrote an Emily Dickinson parody once, supposedly a serious academic paper on her long-lost brother. He wasn’t as memorable.

  2. Of course, you might disagree. I’ve posted some samples of his work on my blog.

  3. Rufus McCain says

    Great idea. You could make it into one of those historical-poetical what-if novels.

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