That’s not my job (poem)

Margaret added a poem to the comments over on the “That’s not my job” post (with the funny images of prime examples of this pervasive mindset).  I thought it warrented it’s own post.  Thanks Margaret

That’s Not My Job
By Author Unknown

This is a story told about four people named, Somebody, Everybody, Anybody and Nobody.

There was one important job to be done.

Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about it because it was Everybody’s job. Everybody thought Anybody could do it. Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it.

It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.

P.S.  If anybody knows the author of this poem, please let me know so I can give them due credit.  They deserve it.


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7 replies
  1. marcy bellerose
    marcy bellerose says:

    i’ve worked for 25 years in the food services industry and i tell ya i would have loved to have a big honking assed poster of this to hang in every kitchen ive worked in

  2. Joseph Jones
    Joseph Jones says:

    This poem was written by Joseph Jones III in Atlanta Federal Prison Camp in 2003 and performed as a spoken word before 100 Prisoners. The reason I know is becuase I am the one that wrote the poem. This is an extreamly condensed form of the original that I wrote for spoken word purposes. Whoever this Charles Osgood is, if he is claiming to have written this he is a liar and a thief. ANYONE who wishes to contact me reagarding this can do so. When I write I write under the influence of the SPirit. I also wrote TIME, The Revolution will not be televised 2003, and a number of other poems during this time.

  3. stephanie
    stephanie says:

    Dear Joseph Jones. The first time a teacher showed my class this poem it was on a poster in my freshman year of high school. I’ve remembered it for years and recently have had reason to reference it again in my job. I question your claim to being the creator of this poem due to the fact my freshman year was in 1998 and I’m sure that poster was in that classroom long before my attendance there

  4. Tony Turnstile
    Tony Turnstile says:

    I wrote the Star Spangled Banner, along with Crazy Train that Ozzy stole from me when I wrote it in junior high during a 4H assembly. I also wrote four screenplays that were hijacked by various notable Hollywood directors and producers who completely rewrote the endings. I also wrote” Jesus take the wheel” way back in high school on a field trip sailing for the day. Two of us were steering the boat , when I noticed, Jon Bon Jovi sunbathing nude on the boat we were passing. I’m currently working on ” Catcher in the Rye 2″.


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