A million no-ones

A million no-ones

A Poem by Nigel Newman
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Hopefully a self explanatory reminder to us all to be kind to EVERYONE we interact with and not just those whom we deem to 'matter'.

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I clear your Restaurant table

I sweep your Bathroom floor

I serve you at the Supermart

Deliver to your door

I am a million no-ones

A face you just don’t see

I’m Martha, I am Soledad

I’m Jovetich, I’m me


I’ll drive you to the station

I’ll take your pulse today

I’ll help your child across the road

I’ll take your trash away

Maybe I’m in hi-vis

A tunic or a van

I’m Martin, Ibrahimovic

I’m Krishan, I’m a man


In my dreams we taken-for-granted storm the Pearly Gates

While s****y city gamblers slip beneath the streets’ grey grates

In my dreams we never thanked are knighted, raised on high

While you each day who walk away will look me in the eye

And no longer deny

You are no more than I



© 2017 Nigel Newman



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This reminds me of a sermon I once heard within my church about how so many people around us are taken for granted even using the example of how a majority of us who live in apartment complexes never bothered to learn the name of the doormen despite seeing them for years.
Now while a majority of this poem flowed well for me and was a pleasant and thought-provoking read I must say that the final stanza was a bit difficult to read. Using "taken-for granted" and "we never thanked" as nouns in this case interrupts the flow of the poem to me.

One last remark, do these names that you chosen, "Martin, Ibrahimovic" have any special meaning to them?

Posted 7 Months Ago


Nigel Newman

7 Months Ago

Thanks for stopping by. No, the names are just chosen for rhythm, gender balance, etc. As for the fi.. read more
I absolutely love this, the last few lines, they just blow one's mind. i mean because of the end, there can be different interpretations such as you've said in the comments of treating equals, or it could rather be about mediocrity that despite people who think they are above others just because of pseudo hierarchy of work, in reality most of us are at the same level. it is only the handful, absolutely crazy people who achieve the extraordinary. the other way to interpret it, it could be of the subjectivity of evaluating and categorizing them in the class of equals by the amount or kind of work they do.

keep creating such pieces and many others. :)

Posted 7 Months Ago


Nigel Newman

7 Months Ago

Yes you may have something. I generally don't like people placing themselves on pedestals, and this .. read more
Gaurangi

7 Months Ago

this "highly confident assertive people", are you talking about the extroverts and yourself as an in.. read more
Nigel Newman

7 Months Ago

Sort of. But there are some wonderfully nice bubbly extroverts whom I adore and get great 'buzz' fro.. read more
This poem is an eye-opener for those who don't realize there's special people all around. We often don't notice such people because, of course, we don't want to be in their shoes. Most people want to be a doctor or lawyer, not a janitor or a taxi driver. However, we still need such people to keep this world functioning. It would suck if everyone was a Bill Gates.
The rhythm, rhyme, and overall clarity and emotional substance of this piece are spot-on; though, I didn't understand the last stanza ... would you mind explaining it?

- William Liston

Posted 8 Months Ago


Nigel Newman

8 Months Ago

Thanks William.

OK, last verse
- Pearly Gates - the ones who should go to Heav.. read more
Nigel Newman

8 Months Ago

The other factor is the structural change in the final part. In my head, as a lyric, this would be t.. read more
William Liston

8 Months Ago

That makes sense. Thanks for explaining.
Such a humbling poem. It reminds us that we need to appreciate everyone. None is above the other. Without the man or woman we take for granted, people would not have the privileges we do.

Posted 8 Months Ago


Nigel Newman

8 Months Ago

Thanks Nicole.
The last lines hit me pretty hard. It's so easy to get past the faceless we meet every day of our lives, but to really acknowledge them - this takes up a lot.
A good thoughtful piece.

Posted 8 Months Ago


Nigel Newman

8 Months Ago

Thank you. Also gets into interesting debates about one's definition of 'success'. I was just watchi.. read more
Dr. YumnaKay

8 Months Ago

I think we all have different opinions about success. To some it's money while others' it's the peac.. read more
A dark and vitriolic piece in support of the 'little man'

Posted 8 Months Ago


In these lines, you pinpoint and underpin so accurately how important it is to recognise that everyone is somebody.; that each and every one of us is as important as the next person. You are so right when you observe that to our shame, far too often this goes unnoticed and unsung.

I once wrote a poem titled 'the bellhops lament.'
It echoes your sentiments almost precisely. And yes, we do need to be kind to everyone; just a fleeting smile can light up someone's day.

Oh, and I love the pace and rhythm of the poem; it is very musical.
Beccy.

Posted 8 Months Ago


Nigel Newman

8 Months Ago

Becky that's much appreciated. Thanks. I passed this to the other guys in our band a couple of weeks.. read more
What a great poem...and so true.
There are lots of people in this world that fill the everyday jobs, and remain faceless to those who file past. This poem is a cry for dignity, for respect, for acknowledgement...for identity. Well done!

Posted 8 Months Ago


Nigel Newman

8 Months Ago

Thanks for commenting! On reflection, I think part of the motivation to show respect and interest t.. read more
ReedWrite

8 Months Ago

One of the most beautiful things about writing is that we are able to pull on the emotions from our .. read more
Such a well written poem. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this! As I can totally relate to what you are saying here. Thanks for sharing!

Posted 8 Months Ago


Beautifully penned! I have had this thought you convey. I tend to and enjoy falling in love with everyone I meet (at least in the capacity we find ourselves in). In the hospital, where I just stayed, they found me pleasantly unusual! lol. Loved your piece, Nigel. I.I.

Posted 8 Months Ago


Nigel Newman

8 Months Ago

Thank you so much Isabella for reading and commenting on 6 of my pieces. On this one, yes, it's nic.. read more
Isabella Ivy

8 Months Ago

I get it ;)

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