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The Invisible Man, a Poem

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.

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

photo by Justin Renshaw

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.


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

Question: Why did you write this poem?

Answer: Because sometimes I do in fact feel like an invisible man. Whether in public, at a party etc. I am a shy person so I don’t stand out in the crowd. Even with my writing, apart from HubPages I am virtually unknown so an “invisible man.” I am sure many others can relate to this.

© 2018 John Hansen


John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on November 14, 2018:

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

Ann Carr from SW England on November 14, 2018:

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.


John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on November 07, 2018:

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

Lawrence Hebb from Hamilton, New Zealand on November 07, 2018:


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.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on November 06, 2018:

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.

Blondey on November 06, 2018:

Cute and has a nice rhythm

I love queen

Just saw the movie anout them here

Bohemian Rhapsody its called



John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 26, 2018:

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.

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on October 24, 2018:

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

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 17, 2018:

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

manatita44 from london on October 17, 2018:

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!!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 17, 2018:

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

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on October 17, 2018:

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.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 16, 2018:

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

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on October 16, 2018:

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

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 14, 2018:

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

Devika Primic on October 13, 2018:

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

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 13, 2018:

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

Michael Milec on October 13, 2018:

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

PoetikalyAnointed on October 13, 2018:

You are welcome, John!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 13, 2018:

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

Ioannis Arvanitis from Greece, Almyros on October 13, 2018:

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!


John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 13, 2018:

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.

PoetikalyAnointed on October 13, 2018:


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!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 13, 2018:

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.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on October 13, 2018:

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!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 13, 2018:

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.

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on October 13, 2018:

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

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 13, 2018:

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.

Venkatachari M from Hyderabad, India on October 13, 2018:

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.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 12, 2018:

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.

Shannon Henry from Texas on October 12, 2018:

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

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 12, 2018:

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

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on October 12, 2018:

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

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 12, 2018:

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

Nell Rose from England on October 12, 2018:

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

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 12, 2018:

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

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 12, 2018:

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

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 12, 2018:

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

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 12, 2018:

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

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 12, 2018:

It certainly would, Shauna. Imagine it.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on October 12, 2018:

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.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on October 12, 2018:

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.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on October 12, 2018:

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.

Travel Chef from Manila on October 12, 2018:

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.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on October 12, 2018:

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

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 12, 2018:

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

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 12, 2018:

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

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 12, 2018:

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.

Rinita Sen on October 12, 2018:

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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