Job Responsibility

by Charles Osgood

There was a most important job
that needed to be done,
And no reason not to do it,
there was absolutely none.

But in vital matters such as this,
the thing you have to ask
Is who exactly will it be
who'll carry out the task?

Anybody could have told you
that everybody knew
That this was something somebody
would surely have to do.

Nobody was unwilling;
anybody had the ability.
But nobody believed
that it was their responsibility.

It seemed to be a job
that anybody could have done,
If anybody thought he
was supposed to be the one.
But since everybody recognised
that anybody could,
Everybody took for granted
that somebody would.

But nobody told anybody
that we are aware of,
That he would be in charge
of seeing it was taken care of.

And nobody took it on himself
to follow through,
And do what everybody thought
that somebody would do.

When what everybody needed so
did not get done at all,
Everybody was complaining
that somebody dropped the ball.

Anybody then could see
it was an awful crying shame,
And everybody looked around
for somebody to blame.

Somebody should have done the job
And Everybody should have,
But in the end Nobody did
What Anybody could have.

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