Nimuss, Osoanon
#1
Absolutely Nothing

Once on a yellow piece of paper with green lines
he wrote a poem
And he called it 'Chops'
because that was the name of his dog
And that's what it was all about
And his teacher gave him an A
and a gold star
And his mother hung it on the kitchen door
and read it to his aunts
That was the year Father Tracy
took all the kids to the zoo
And he let them sing on the bus
And his little sister was born
with tiny toenails and no hair
And his mother and father kissed alot
And the girl around the corner sent him a
Valentine signed with a row of X's
and he had to ask his father what the X's meant
And his father always tucked him in bed at night
And was always there to do it.

Once on a piece of white paper with blue lines
he wrote a poem
And he called it 'Autumn'
because that was the name of the season
And that's what it was all about
And his teacher gave him an A
and asked him to write more clearly
And his mother never hung it on the kitchen door
because of its new paint
And the kids told him
that Father Tracy smoked cigars
And left butts on the pews
And sometimes they would burn holes
That was the year his sister got glasses
with thick lenses and black frames
And the girl around the corner laughed
when he asked her to go see Santa Claus
And the kids told him why
his mother and father kissed alot
And his father never tucked him in bed at night
And his father got mad
when he cried for him to do it.

Once on a paper torn from his notebook
he wrote a poem
And he called it 'Innocence: A Question'
because that was the question about his girl
And that's what it was all about
And his professor gave him an A
and a strange steady look
And his mother never hung it on the kitchen door
because he never showed her
That was the year Father Tracy died
And he forgot how the end
of the Apostle's Creed went
And he caught his sister
making out on the back porch
And his mother and father never kissed
or even talked
And the girl around the corner
wore too much makeup
That made him cough when he kissed her
but he kissed her anyway
because that was the thing to do
And at 3am he tucked himself into bed
his father snoring soundly.

That's why on the back of a brown paper bag
he tried another poem
And he called it 'Absolutely Nothing'
Because that's what it was really all about
And he gave himself an A
and a slash on each damned wrist
And he hung it on the bathroom door
because this time he didn't think
he could reach the kitchen.

so this poem appeared in "The Perks of Being a Wallflower". Some sources say it's by Dr. Earl Reum, some say Osoanon Nimuss, and some say it was written by an anonymous teenager who committed suicide. Does anyone know the truth?
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#2
Hi Sushi,
Nice to have you join us and post items.
I've moved this one for you as I thought it would get a wider viewing here and someone more likely to spot it and possibly answer your question. (Sorry I do not know the answer to this one) AJ.
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#3
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Drbriangsnow says:

"Time Magazine article March 13, 1972 features only small part of poem, highlighting
the difficulty of accessing the real poem origin and contents.

"To Santa Claus and Little Sisters" A Poem By Anonymous. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/articl...53,00.html

The poem was written by Anonymous, a reported 14 or 15 year old boy that committed
suicide two years after writing the poem, although no exact age or poem-to-suicide
timeline can be established by documented research at this point.

Poem has been published in numerous online poetry journals
http://www.poemtree.com/poems/ToSantaClaus.htm
http://web.cs.dal.ca/~johnston/poetry/once.html

This poem also has been used in many school curriculums to highlight the agony of
teen suicide, and possibly used in undergraduate psychology classes for special
education preparation courses."

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P.S.
Osoanon Nimuss = Oh SO anonymous!

Earl Reum:
http://tiny.cc/Earl-Reum

almost terse
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#4
after doing a bit of reading on it, which isn't a lot, i'd say it's to well done for a 15 year old to have written and it doesn't have enough angst in it to be a real suicide poem of a person that age.
in one stanza his professor gave him an ....


do 14 or 15 year olds have professors? while some may, most do not.
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#5
Why don't you go ask Alice?

Or Sandor McNab.
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#6
these are some of the poems written by a person of the same name.



1 Absolutely Nothing
2 Divorce
3 Music
4 Smiles are Like Makeup
5 The Nightingale
6 Warped and Twisted

the first one had me thinking he's james brown Huh
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#7
i guess all those 6 poems are just by anonymous authors. someone was just having some fun. can't believe i didn't notice before that "oh so anonymous".
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#8
(09-09-2013, 09:56 AM)billy Wrote:  these are some of the poems written by a person of the same name.



1 Absolutely Nothing
2 Divorce
3 Music
4 Smiles are Like Makeup
5 The Nightingale
6 Warped and Twisted

the first one had me thinking he's james brown Huh

It is 'oft quoted by me that Homer did not write Odyssey...it was written by another cove with the same name. (Sheesh...I DO like that!)
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(09-13-2013, 06:15 PM)tectak Wrote:  
(09-09-2013, 09:56 AM)billy Wrote:  these are some of the poems written by a person of the same name.



1 Absolutely Nothing
2 Divorce
3 Music
4 Smiles are Like Makeup
5 The Nightingale
6 Warped and Twisted

the first one had me thinking he's james brown Huh

It is 'oft quoted by me that Homer did not write Odyssey...it was written by another cove with the same name. (Sheesh...I DO like that!)

Don't forget that William Shakespeare was the nom de plume of Francis Bacon tectak! Tongue
My new watercolor: 'Nightmare After Christmas'/Chris
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