The Invisible Person

Life kept rolling her over   
like a piece of driftwood

in the surf of an angry sea   
she was intelligent and beau-

tiful and well-off she made   
friends easily yet she wasn’t

able to put the pieces to-
gether into any recognizable

shape   she wasn’t sure who   
she wanted to be   so she

ended up being no one in par-
ticular   she made herself al-

most invisible   she was the   
person you loved so much who

really wasn’t there at all.

James Laughlin, “The Invisible Person” from Poems New and Selected. Copyright © 1996 by James Laughlin. Reprinted with the permission of New Directions Publishing Corporation.
Source: Poems New and Selected (1998)
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