The Invisible Man, a Poem

Updated on May 8, 2019
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John has been writing poetry since his school days. He was awarded "Poet of the Year 2014" Hubby Awards and has had two poems become songs.

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The Urge to Write

A little while ago my writing on Hub Pages had dwindled to about one poem or article a month. I was so busy with other stuff and basically was just having trouble finding the time or inspiration to write.

Then a few months ago I had the idea to write poems based on the titles of books on my shelves at home, and so began the "Off the Shelf" series. This poem isn't part of that series, but since I started that have regained my urge to write and so here is another piece that just sort of eventuated out of nothing really.

The Invisible Man is a novel by H.G.Wells published as long ago as 1897 and ranks as one of the most famous scientific fantasies ever written. I did read this one many years ago along with The Time Machine by the same author but I don't have them in my collection.

Like most writers, I sometimes ponder the definition of success and what that means as far as writing is concerned, poetry in particular. There aren't many rich poets out there unless they were already before they started writing.

There was also another book, Invisible Man is a novel by Ralph Ellison, published in 1952. It addresses many of the social issues facing African Americans early in the twentieth century, (Wikipedia)


I hope you enjoy The Invisible Man.


photo by Justin Renshaw
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The Invisible Man

Transparency's my superpower,

I blend in everywhere.

Now you see me, now you don't,

Just like a wisp of air.


I rarely am abusive,

Judgemental or uncouth.

I'm just a little shy and quiet,

I've been that way since youth.


Some people stand out from the pack,

They're confident and loud,

But I'm just happy being me,

A face within the crowd.


Although I shy away from fame

I strive to be the best

To anything I put my mind.

I see it as a test.


Some say I'm insignificant,

Won't take the centre stage.

But little do these people know

I'm a lion within a cage.


I've never been the teacher's pet,

I take a seat in back,

Watching and observing,

Just planning my attack.


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Extroverts ignore me

As though I don't exist

But when I make my presence known

My support they will enlist.


I'll strike when least expected,

Like a phantom in the night.

Invisible within the dark

I'll give some folks a fright.


I have drive and ambition,

Succeed I know I can.

I'm waiting 'til the time is right,

'Cause I'm "The Invisible Man".


Questions & Answers

    © 2018 John Hansen

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      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        9 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thanks, Ann. Yes it would be interesting to read what people would do with this power If they had it. Cheers.

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        Ann Carr 

        9 months ago from SW England

        Love this; how great to have that power! I wonder what we'd do with it, individually? Now there's a premise for a few stories!

        Well done, John.

        Ann

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        John Hansen 

        9 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Lawrence, I think that describes me.I am at my best under the cloak of invisibility. Thanks, My Friend.

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        Lawrence Hebb 

        9 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

        John

        Some people strive to be invisible, that's when they're at their best!

        So glad you've got your desire back, keep 'em coming.

      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        9 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Hi Blondey,

        Thanks for reading and the kind comment. I have read a lot of good things about that movie but haven't seen it yet. Glad to hear you have.

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        Blondey 

        9 months ago

        Cute and has a nice rhythm

        I love queen

        Just saw the movie anout them here

        Bohemian Rhapsody its called

        Hublove

        Blondey

      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        10 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Haha Styron, maybe it is about your John too, in fact it could be about a lot of us. Thank you for reading and your poetic contribution too. Glad you enjoyed.

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        Shyron E Shenko 

        10 months ago from Texas

        Awesome John, I love your poem.

        I thought for just a moment you were writing about my John

        I feel his presence every night

        Wanting me to turn out the light

        He thinks I am lacking rest

        And he wants me to look my best

        I feel such comfort from this test

        For I know I am truly Blessed.

        Love your poem John,

        Blessings to you always

      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        10 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you manatita. You always have wise words to share. Yes, it is progress and sharing that are more important that success.

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        manatita44 

        10 months ago from london

        So many invisibles in this world and so many causes. You tell of two different approaches and that's cool. Three, including yours.

        I saw a film probably based on one of them. It had the same name.

        Your point about success is valid. We say that poet's will never be rich … well, a handful perhaps, who got lucky. Still, just sharing the philosophical, the esoteric approach … the goal is always progress, not success, as life itself is a self-transcending journey … a continuous flow with no beginning nor ending. Just sharing. Great work!!

      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        10 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you Audrey. I appreciate that you like my poetry. Yes, I saw that movie many years ago too.

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        Audrey Hunt 

        10 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        I remember seeing the film "The Invisible Man" by Wells a few years ago. It was the original movie made in the late 40's. I love your poetry and always look forward to more.

      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        10 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Haha MsDora. Interesting, I guess you could say that. Thank you for reading.

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        Dora Weithers 

        10 months ago from The Caribbean

        Invisible, shy, but powerful. Interesting character. Appealing since he considers himself a lion in a cage. Doesn't matter what anyone else thinks.

      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        10 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you, Devika. It seems many of us are like the Invisible man. Glad you can relate.

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        Devika Primic 

        10 months ago

        Great response here. I like the way you expressed about he invisible man. Genuinely something one can relate to.

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        John Hansen 

        10 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you for visiting Michael. I appreciate your very interesting and encouraging comment.

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        Michael Milec 

        10 months ago

        Within a flawless poetry is being discovered an invisible man who is approching practicable perfection. It's possible when we take The Commandment seriously.

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        PoetikalyAnointed 

        10 months ago from US

        You are welcome, John!

      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        10 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you once again Sean. Invisible is invincible I Agree. Blessings.

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        Ioannis Arvanitis 

        10 months ago from Greece, Almyros

        You are a rich poet, my dear brother and your treasure are our treasure too! This is unique and Heavenly given. Respect!

        Invisible to become invincible!

        Sean

      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        10 months ago from Queensland Australia

        What a wonderful comment, PoetikalyAnointed. Actually, it is the type of comment that inspires me to write. I am glad you appreciate this and the pictures. Thank you.

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        PoetikalyAnointed 

        10 months ago from US

        Bravo!

        The poem is just cool as hell to be real with you! The piece is so deep and seeing the visuals made it pop even more. As a woman of color, I truly appreciated this.

        The pictures though...love em!

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        John Hansen 

        10 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Chitrangada, I am glad to hear you are another who read the book The Invisible Man. It appears that a large percentage of writers are introverts also. I guess we can express ourselves better in writing than orally because, as you say, we are "mentally more active." Thanks for the great comment.

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        Chitrangada Sharan 

        10 months ago from New Delhi, India

        Nice, creative and imaginative poem—so well expressed!

        Yes, I have read that book in my earlier days.

        I don’t like to take the centre stage, and I am happy to be a face in the crowd—so much relatable. The introverts are mentally more active, I believe.

        Thanks for sharing!

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        John Hansen 

        10 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Awww thanks, Genna. I was kind of surprised by the responses to this at first. I thought it may be a bit too personal and others may not relate but it's proving the total opposite. Much appreciated.

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        Genna East 

        10 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

        John, this thought-provoking poem is one of your best. I loved the striking, haunting metaphor that we can relate to on different levels.

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        John Hansen 

        10 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Hi Venkatachari. Thank you for the praise, and I am glad you can relate to the Invisible Man also. I am sure you would enjoy those books and hope you manage to find them to have a read.

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        Venkatachari M 

        10 months ago from Hyderabad, India

        A superb poem. The description of the invisible man as one among the crowd is excellent. I also feel like belonging to that category of invisible man. I mostly try to take a seat in the middle row or the back rows at gatherings.

        I may like to read those books mentioned by you. I have a collection of 50 books (all in English) out of which only a dozen was read by me. And, I keep purchasing some more including Hindi, Telugu also that get read first.

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        John Hansen 

        10 months ago from Queensland Australia

        thank you, Shannon. I have to agree that fame isn't all it's cracked up to be and yes it can be a "double-edged sword." Thanks for sharing that teacher's pet anecdote too. It doesn't matter what you do someone always seems to be jealous.

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        Shannon Henry 

        10 months ago from Texas

        Great work, John. So many different ways to read and interpret this piece. Really, who would want fame? It's a double-edged sword. Maybe it's different for famed writers, though, who typically aren't considered A-list celebrities. And trust me, you don't want to be the teacher's pet. I got accused of being that once even though it was nothing like that. Someone else was just jealous of not being asked to do work for this teacher outside of school. I still struggled through the class. Hahaha

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        John Hansen 

        10 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you Gypsy, it seems these feelings are more common among my fellow writers than I thought. I appreciate your generous comment.

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        Gypsy Rose Lee 

        10 months ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

        Applause! Most creative, imaginative, and awesome poetry. There are times I would like to be the invisible woman.

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        John Hansen 

        10 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Yep, Nell. I hear you hand clapping haha. Thank you.

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        Nell Rose 

        10 months ago from England

        Yeah! do you hear me clapping? lol! great poem!

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        John Hansen 

        10 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Yes, Mary that’s how I often feel too. I am pleased that you can relate and love the poem.

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        John Hansen 

        10 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Maybe you are right Linda. It could be a writer thing..more the observer than the attention seeker. Glad you relate.

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        John Hansen 

        10 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Eric, maybe that’s the reason I ghost write as well. Thanks for reading.

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        John Hansen 

        10 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Hey Dred, glad you can relate to this. Thanks for reading.

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        John Hansen 

        10 months ago from Queensland Australia

        It certainly would, Shauna. Imagine it.

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        Mary Norton 

        10 months ago from Ontario, Canada

        I love this poem. I wish, sometimes, to just be invisible and just be the observer enjoying a view of life not from the center but from a corner nobody look at.

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        Linda Lum 

        10 months ago from Washington State, USA

        John, I can relate to this. I never want to be the center of attention. I wonder if that's a "writer" thing. If you stop talking, and start listening to other people, how much more can you learn and observe?

        Another great poem.

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        Eric Dierker 

        10 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

        Very cool. So much for my mind to ponder. And as always I love your flow. I think I like ghost writing for others because I stay invisible.

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        Dred Cuan 

        10 months ago from California

        I can totally relate on your point. I'm an introvert but whenever I distant myself to something or somebody, I make sure that I keep to be observant.

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        Shauna L Bowling 

        10 months ago from Central Florida

        Wouldn't it be cool to be invisible for a day? Kinda like the proverbial fly on the wall.

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        John Hansen 

        10 months ago from Queensland Australia

        You and me too Bill...you and me. Thanks, glad you could relate.

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        Bill Holland 

        10 months ago from Olympia, WA

        As an introvert, this poem speaks to me in a special way. Long live the invisible men!!!

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        John Hansen 

        10 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Yay, Rinita. I knew I must have read a book at some stage that others here had read as well. As always, I appreciate your reading and commenting on my work. I don't feel so invisible then lol.

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        Rinita Sen 

        10 months ago

        Finally! A book in your list that I have read as well. Haha. The HG Wells one not the other, although I read it so long ago I can barely remember it.

        You laid out the writer's thoughts very well. I think it describes a lot of us around here.

        Great write as always.

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