Lately, new ideas are becoming more difficult to come by. I find prompts (like those in the daily haiku challenge) to be a real asset.

Last Monday, Victoria at, in her Monday Morning Writing Prompt, listed the 100 best novels of the 20th century. This worked for me, and in her blog, I posted my take on The Invisible Man.

Because it has a recurring line, like some other poems I’ve been playing with, I thought I’d post it here. Thank you Victoria.

Subtitle: I Wasn’t There
By Mike Patrick

Flickr image by IcK9s

I saw you today.
You didn’t see me.
Oh, you looked in my direction,
But perhaps I wasn’t there.

I walked up until I touched your hand.
You pulled away without feeling me
And wiped your hand on your blouse.
Perhaps I wasn’t there.

I spoke to you today;
Called your name out loud.
You passed by without a sound.
Perhaps I wasn’t there.

I wrote a poem today
And left it for you to read.
I won’t know if you found it.
Perhaps I wasn’t there.

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8 Responses to THE INVISIBLE MAN

  1. I’m glad you put it on your blog too instead of just leaving it in comments on mine. It should be read by many. Good job, my friend.

  2. Real cool poem, and it speaks to those who are outcasts of society. Ignored and made to feel that their worth is not enough for attention.

  3. vivinfrance says:

    This touches the emotions very strongly – raises an ache in the solar plexus. Bravo. And thanks for mentioning Victoria’s Monday prompts, which I hadn’t come across.

  4. RJ Clarken says:

    How bittersweet. How much yearning? I think you did a brilliant job of reaching for the emotions – and getting them. This poem haunts.

  5. ladynimue says:

    I read it before and really liked it 🙂

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