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The Person We See

Grey wispy hair pokes through her hat
Waddling homeward on worn down heels
Carrying bags that hit and bump
on legs as they hurry through city streets

Sitting alone in her cold flat
She dreams by the fire of days long gone
When she was looked at not just seen
When she was pretty and young and strong

Once she wore silk against her skin
Heads would turn as she walked in
Her opinion was sought and acted upon
Her smile could cause a soul to yearn
That was in the long ago when friends
were plenty and troubles few
Now people look but never see
The person that she used to be

Submitted: Saturday, August 31, 2013
Edited: Tuesday, September 03, 2013


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I wrote this after talking to a lovely older lady in a doctor s waiting room

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  • Gary H (12/20/2013 3:20:00 AM)

    This is really good.: -)

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  • Khairul Ahsan (12/14/2013 9:43:00 AM)

    @ Roseann Shawiak and Valsa George,
    I liked both of your comments.

  • Valsa George (11/22/2013 1:03:00 AM)

    With the passage of time, our looks and appearance undergo rapid changes. When young and influential, friends surround and acceptance come our way! But when old age advances, friends dwindle and we have to sit lonely by the fire side, nostalgically reflecting good old times! Enjoyed this great write! !

  • Adeline Foster (10/21/2013 4:36:00 PM)

    Great poem, tell me about it. Read mine - Who Am i -
    Adeline

  • Smoky Hoss (10/16/2013 3:20:00 PM)

    ah, but truly she still is; excellent, vivid story-telling, great to read!

  • Roseann Shawiak (10/6/2013 2:55:00 AM)

    So true to life. Have experienced it myself, feeling invisible to the living. Not being seen as the person I used to be except when people read my poetry. In poems I am seen in the words I write, yet, I am never seen for who I truly am even then. Good solid poem, I like it a lot. Thank you for sharing it. RoseAnn

  • Hazel Durham (9/25/2013 7:50:00 AM)

    Sad and thought provoking in a beautful portrait of an lovely older lady!

  • Bri Edwards (9/16/2013 6:31:00 PM)

    some aspects of the used-to-be person are probably there.......perhaps some of the better aspects. but i know what you mean. of course i'm not referring to ME! at 65, i'm still pretty [handsome] and young [at heart] and strong [enough]. i feel sorry for the normal people! ha ha. thanks for sharing. time for my walk. :)
    i have a bit o irish in me. but you probably could tell that.

  • Ken E Hall (9/6/2013 7:48:00 AM)

    Very nice to read reality as it is for most of us, glad to know beauty still stays within and when you listen you can see it..original and thought provoking...regards

  • Dave Walker (9/4/2013 6:50:00 AM)

    A really great poem and so true. As people get older and their friends
    pass away they end up alone, but nobody really notices. As you say
    people look but never see.

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