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Poem: Treasured Artwork In A Silhouette

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Treasured Artwork In A Silhoutte

Questions used to cause biting nails.

And you thought the world was a thief,

Words only threatened to steal your identity,

But the mirror you saw made you feel empty.


Curiosity lets them know something about you,

Not the road to your stomach or heart,

Who knows your sleeping pattern, the way you breathe in air,

You’re a treasured artwork in a silhouette.


Change so that the rain goes away,

Or be the sunshine that remains,

A rainbow thanks you for being you,

Don’t hide your sunshine or be ashamed.

Brief explanation

I just wanted to show that vulnerability makes us feel naked when we open ourselves to other people in the first stanza. We begin to think that we're only defined by that thing we've shared with them therefore forgetting who we are. It's not the words they say about us that have impacted us more, but it's our vulnerability-looking into the mirror, feeling empty. Second stanza is when people get to know us but they don't know us better than ourselves thus the sleeping pattern. They know us on the surface-the reason why I put silhouette. We are much more than that.

© 2020 Li-Jen Hew

Comments

Li-Jen Hew (author) on September 23, 2020:

Haha Frank. It's okay, you call me by my name. Hope it helps!

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on September 23, 2020:

Wise guy.. Eh gal.. Eh.. Silly..

Li-Jen Hew (author) on September 21, 2020:

Hi Frank. Thanks for the compliment. Nah, I have handed this poem to all of you but I understand the meaning. Pun intended. Thanks for your continuous support.

Li-Jen Hew (author) on September 21, 2020:

Hi Mark, your summed it up nicely! Thanks for your comment.

Li-Jen Hew (author) on September 21, 2020:

Hi Peggy. Nice to meet you. Thanks for visiting my poem!

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on September 18, 2020:

There's always depth in your poetry. I'm glad to see you write here again.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on September 17, 2020:

I have to hand it to you.. I loved it..

Mark Tulin from Ventura, California on September 16, 2020:

Enjoyed this poem very much. Opening up one’s self has some risks, but being vulnerable has its rewards.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on September 12, 2020:

Thanks for the explanation of your poem. It is thought-provoking.

Li-Jen Hew (author) on September 12, 2020:

Thanks for your comment, Rinita. Your words are spot on. You came just in time to read the brief explanation haha. Happy to see all of you. Stay safe!

Rinita Sen on September 12, 2020:

Unique theme. Neatly done in your cool style. Yes, no one can know our true selves except us. We often pretend to be something we are not. We show to the world only half of our characteristics, the remaining stays with us, and we tend to believe that the half we show to the world is the real us, when it is often just the opposite. Glad to see you my friend.

Li-Jen Hew (author) on September 12, 2020:

I've added a brief explanation to the poem

Li-Jen Hew (author) on September 12, 2020:

Hi Bill. Good to see you again. Nah, it's alright. The poem can be interpreted in any way. I just wanted to show that vulnerability makes us feel naked when open ourselves to other people in the first stanza. We begin to think that we're only defined by that thing we've shared with them therefore forgetting who we are. Second stanza is when people get to know us but they don't know us better than ourselves thus the sleeping pattern. They know us on the surface-the reason why I put silhouette.

Li-Jen Hew (author) on September 12, 2020:

Thanks for your comment, Crish. Welcome to my page.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 12, 2020:

It's good to see you writing again. I'll have to re-visit this poem later on and see what meaning I derive from it then. Right now I'm just letting it wash over me.

Chrish Canosa from Manila Philippines on September 12, 2020:

Stories behind those lines are just too worth it to linger.

Another magical word in a magical world

Thanks for sharing! (I love rain) ;-)

More likely the reason why my clouds is always dreary. Have a fantastic day!!!

Li-Jen Hew (author) on September 12, 2020:

Thanks for rereading my poem. You don't have to worry about the meaning although I hope you had a brain exercise. I'm happy to see you again.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on September 12, 2020:

Good to see a new poem by you Li-Jen. I have read this a few times but I am still not 100% certain I can attempt to analyse it correctly, so I will read it more and read the other comments. You did very well to make me think.