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Invisible

by Douglas Polk


she stands in the back of the room,
invisible to her classmates,
six or seven years of age,
silent,
her body language as if she is still in the womb,
boys ignore her in her teens,
a beauty yet unseen,
eyes on the ground,
searching for her place,
out of the way,
in her twenties she takes a job,
less chance of advancement,
and for far less pay,
a daughter,
maybe a sister,
destined for the shadows,
invisible,
but to a lucky few.


© 2014 Douglas Polk

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