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by Michele Schottelkorb

People come, people go

(as is the rotation of the world)

there are times where

nothing more is required

these are the times of the NOBODY


think within, think without

look beyond an open door

gaze upon a crystal sphere

leave them there forevermore 


People hate, people love

(as is the nature of the world)

there are areas where

nothing more matters

these are the areas where lives the NOBODY


sense through intuition

make choices of clarity

see through jaded facades

shut out negativity


People give, people take

(as is the polarity of the world)

there are scenes where

nothing more can transpire

these scenes are acts of the NOBODY


step on through the other side

rich with ancient prophecies

paint with colours black and white

be rare with no apologies


People live, people die

(as is the finality of the world)

there are times where

nothing more can be done

these are the trivialities of the NOBODY


if you are to smile at me

and turn your back in fear

I must carry on my task

And leave you standing here


People sacrifice, people abuse

(as is the sickness of the world)

there are times where

nothing more can be learned

these times are noteworthy of the NOBODY


if the sun refused to shine

truth would conquer deceit

precious time would poise still

in awe of fallacyÂ’s defeat


People come, people go

(as is the purpose of the world)

there are times where

nothing more need be said

these are farewells to the NOBODY


in the end you will see

that existence can improve

with a little fortitude

the earth and stars can move


March 15, 2004


Author's Note: written after several conversations with my mentor, Ashok Sharda... we have been discussing the importance of making those that hurt us or bring us pain into a NOBODY... this is one in a two part growth series on the NOBODY... in Ashok's words i have tried to "epitomized a NOBODY, depicting all the basic characteristics of a NOBODY as and when a SOMEBODY is to be declared as NOBODY"... the other poem that will help clarify this lesson in life will depict the process of turning a SOMEBODY into a NOBODY... NOTE** lines 6, 14 and 15 have been altered from their original verbiage with the help of Ashok...

Posted on 03/17/2004
Copyright © 2022 Michele Schottelkorb

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Ashok Sharda on 03/17/04 at 02:11 PM

You have epitomized the basic characteristics of those SOMEBODY’S, who in the wake of their incommunicativeness, unaccommodating behavior pattern and negative approach towards others and life in general, ought to be turned into NOBODY'S. These NOBODY'S do have a past in our pasts, which, obviously, have associations without as well within, with the thoughts, with objects, things. They survive on these associations and keep on hurting us. These NOBODY'S, for all practical purposes, are like ANYBODY in a bus or living in the 10th street.. These unresponsive, insensitive SOMEBODY'S ought to be recognized as NOBODY'S. All the doors opening through our hearts and mind are to be shut off completely. This is a thinking poem, Michele, maintaining its rhythm, its flow, its meaning in profoundness, its message. I wish if you can write a piece elucidating the process of turning a SOMEBODY into a NOBODY. NOBODY'S are a pitiable lot. I wish you all the best.

Posted by Glenn Currier on 03/18/04 at 10:34 PM

Profound comment on the vagaries of human existence. Well done, Michele. What a good mentor to have too.

Posted by Traci Mabats on 04/08/04 at 08:34 PM

I think this was actually a course in my high school.

Posted by Thomas K. Hunt on 09/03/06 at 03:21 AM

Excellent read....very thought provoking...Ashok can be an inspiration to us all

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