I’m nobody! Who are you?

Beach 8

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.


33 thoughts on “I’m nobody! Who are you?

  1. Hi,
    I saw this saying incorporated into a “”Criminal Justice” episode. Those words stayed with me because I was a nobody too. Unless you look beneath the veil and then you find a happy,vibrant,outgoing, intelligent someone who is loved by many people.

    I have been told all my adult life that I have a powerful presence. That when I walk into a room full of people that conversation and movement stop and for no reason that I can think of I become the center of attention. I have no idea why this happens. Maybe I was becoming someone and just didn’t know it. My husband believes that I am his world, and that is all that matters to me.

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    1. Nice to know about you dear. I have a lot to learn from you and maybe if we keep interacting on regular basis, I would imbibe those happy, vibrant, intelligent and outgoing energies a wee bit and my life would be a lot better!! Thanks a lot 🙂


  2. Hi Anand,
    I think the concepts ‘nobody’ and ‘somebody’ express the dynamics of power relations – the former shamed and dominated by the latter.

    Two concepts that interest me are ‘fulfilment’ and ‘at peace with oneself’.

    What does the poem say to you?

    Best regards, Phil

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    1. Thanks Phil 🙂
      Mystics are one with world. They don’t see a nobody or somebody, so only peace remains.

      Dickinson was a highly introverted genius. A hermit who rarely went out in public. Much of her litertaure was published posthumously.

      I loved this poem when I read it at first in college and it has stayed with me since then. She was a sensitive soul.

      Anand 🙂

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