How to Become Invisible by Mary McCarthy (HOW TO Series)   2 comments

There are way too many today who can relate to this poem. — kenne

Silver Birch Press

woman-with-veil-1895 copy
How to Become Invisible
by Mary McCarthy

Lose your job, your mind, your husband
step over the lines, off the map,
into unmarked alleys

Talk too fast, too much, too loud,
or not at all

Balk at the strangeness
of ordinary things
spot the dark intent behind
their bland disguises

Walk too close to the edge
of every conversation
answer the words behind the words they say

Forget to smile, to wash, to comb your hair
wear your clothes carelessly

Count the rough stitches
where the patchwork world
threatens separation

Carry your ghosts with you
shuffling and mumbling
in a long procession
that follows you down the street

Where no one sees you now
you’ve lost your place
your face your reflection

And even your shadow
fades to nothing
in the unrelenting sun

IMAGE:Woman with Veil, pastel by Odilon Redon (1895).

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: This poem is a…

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Posted March 2, 2021 by kenneturner in Information

2 responses to “How to Become Invisible by Mary McCarthy (HOW TO Series)

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  1. That poem sadly fits so many friends that I know today.

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  2. Yes, that’s what poetry is supposed to do.

    Like

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