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My friends all call me Mr. Right
because I’m never wrong.
I brag about it every night.
I shout it all day long.
I always have the answers
which I’ll gladly share with you.
I never need to listen.
I already know what’s true.
I value your opinion when
it’s just the same as mine.
As long as you agree with me
we’ll get along just fine.
So, ask me and I’ll tell you.
There is nothing I don’t know.
I’m certain my beliefs are facts.
They’re absolutely so.
And why am I so sure I have
the perfect point of view?
I heard it from somebody else
who told me it was true.
— Kenn Nesbitt
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Reading Level: Grade 2
Topics: Poems about Kooky Characters
Poetic Techniques: Descriptive Poems, Irony
About This Poem
Have you ever met someone who was sure they were always right about everything? I sure have. I have known a number of people who not only were sure they knew all the answers, but who loved to explain everything they knew at length. They loved to talk so much, that they would rather interrupt you and keep explaining than let you express your own opinions, disagree, or even ask questions. To me, this seems rather rude.
By contrast, I have also met people who, instead of speaking all the time, ask questions and listen. They seem much nicer to me.
Unfortunately, not everyone is right about everything all the time. Even experts are sometimes wrong about things. If you really want to learn and to know more, and if you want people to like you, I find it’s usually a good idea to spend more time asking questions and listening than you spend telling people your opinions. But that’s just my opinion. What do you think?
If you enjoyed this poem, a few more you might like are: Captain Talkalot, Mr. Obvious, Elaine the Complainer, and Rudy Tude.
From the book The Elephant Repairman
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