I Met A Man Who Wasn’t There

I’ve run across a few variations and interpretations of this one. I think its charm is in the mix of whimsy and ambiguity.

 

Antigonish [I met a man who wasn’t there]

 

William Hughes Mearns

 

Yesterday, upon the stair,

I met a man who wasn’t there

He wasn’t there again today

I wish, I wish he’d go away…

 

When I came home last night at three

The man was waiting there for me

But when I looked around the hall

I couldn’t see him there at all!

Go away, go away, don’t you come back any more!

Go away, go away, and please don’t slam the door… (slam!)

 

Last night I saw upon the stair

A little man who wasn’t there

He wasn’t there again today

Oh, how I wish he’d go away…

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