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How Visible Are We Really?: A Poem

Val enjoys writing rhymed poetry with a valuable message in it.

We may spend a lifetime being physically close to someone, but not seeing who they truly are.

We may spend a lifetime being physically close to someone, but not seeing who they truly are.

Ninety-nine percent of who you are is invisible and untouchable.

-- R. Buckminster Fuller

When they talk to us

are we only used for ears

fir them to share and to fuss

to express their hopes and fears.


And when they look in our direction

do they see who we know we are

or is it only their interpretation

missing our true self by far.


So many times while we are talking

words change meaning in their head

and that silly truth is almost mocking

they are hearing their minds instead.


We may be mistaken for our reputation

or some gossips are painting our portrait

and not that we deserve a standing ovation

but what they may see in us isn't really great.


So we're walking this world visible in part

mostly invisible for who we feel we are

but we should not take it to our heart

as long as we see in us a shiny star.


Our image -- a part of game to be played

being just as authentic as it can be made

well it's the price of closeness to be paid

while letting our true self remain in shade.

© 2022 Val Karas

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