a Photographic Journey by Meryl

Invisible

they say
she looks
her best
toned legs
ample breasts

why can’t
she rest
food aplenty
passed
her tests

why must
she wear
her heart
on her
chest

I say
why can’t
you listen
look inside
my refrain

why can’t
you see
me my
invisible
pain

visit Phantoms to see more in this series

©Meryl Spiegel 2012–All rights reserved–No reproduction without permission

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15 responses

  1. So hard to read but so good – just getting to know you now – thank you!

    September 29, 2012 at 6:27 am

    • Good to hear from you, Julie…I can understand that it might take a while to interpret my work as my style can often be brief..but as you get to know me I hope it will become clearer..xomeryl

      September 29, 2012 at 8:17 am

      • x

        September 29, 2012 at 8:34 am

  2. David

    sad and lovely…

    September 29, 2012 at 7:18 am

    • Hi David, nice to hear from you…it is sad when one doesn’t feel “heard” but expressing that here helps…thanks for listening…xomeryl

      September 29, 2012 at 8:07 am

  3. I really like your minimalist voice. When in graduate school I was told that I wrote so concise that I lost meaning so I started using more words to make sure people were able to understand what I was saying. Your poetry style allows you to say volumes with few words. You would never be accused of rambling. 🙂

    September 29, 2012 at 10:37 am

    • By the way, I love the image you created for your message.

      September 29, 2012 at 10:37 am

      • It’s part of my Phantoms series taken in Savannah last winter…when I was thinking about how difficult it is for others to understand something they can’t see…this image seemed to match the message…again, thanks for your ongoing support, Pat!

        September 29, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    • Thanks, Pat…it seems to be what works for me here…I like to let the reader take what they want from the words and let the picture fill in the blanks…so appreciate your encouragement here…it means a lot to me….xomeryl

      September 29, 2012 at 11:52 am

  4. Very effective image for your message Meryl… Excellent post -and of course, so do understand this plight. I think that is one of the reasons the blog community here is so special. There is something more intimate here, the level of sharing unique, and superficial appearances are not the basis for judgement. There is exchange of feelings through art and writing … truly a healing portal. In modern life for most of us, it is incredible how we label and assume based on societally programmed notions – and if the pain is not clearly visible (be it physical or emotional) …then it must not exist. Your poetry sums it up well ~ and the image speaks volumes. Another favorite! Much Love to you ~ R

    September 29, 2012 at 5:37 pm

  5. Healing portal…I love that! Could be an alternate name for either one of our blogs…:) And you’re right, here, while we might see a few images of each blogger, this place is a no-judgement zone where what resonates is based on how feelings are expressed not on how one looks…it never ceases to amaze me how assumptions are made about a person’s insides based on their outsides…so pleased you found the post effective…an important one for us both…xoxmeryl

    September 29, 2012 at 6:07 pm

  6. Beautiful, Meryl! The image is a perfect representation of your poem and the invisible pain…and invisible illness. I feel like some people don’t take me seriously because most of my illnesses and pains are not visible…after all, I don’t look sick on the outside. “Why can’t you see me my invisible pain” are heartbreaking words, but so effective! Well done!

    September 30, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    • Thank you Fergie, your appreciation is very gratifying…I hope you found some release in my message…xomeryl

      October 1, 2012 at 4:47 pm

  7. Jeff E.

    This is a good viewpoint of someone who is depressed, with the world only seeing the facade she projects. Her complaint is ironic, because depression often causes a chameleon effect, wanting to blend in and to appear normal and happy, but wishing also to be found out and rescued.

    October 3, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    • Thanks for your insight, Jeff…yes, depression creates all kinds of contradictions…

      October 4, 2012 at 9:50 am

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