Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Yes, I'm referring to you

When you speak to me I look intently into your eyes.

Sometimes, I think I make you uncomfortable,

as if my gaze burns your flesh and penetrates your soul

while awakening your emotions.

I give my undivided attention because I'm genuinely interested in what you have to say.

I make you feel like the most important person in the room.

I keep my gaze on you and I don't let distractions tune you out.

I respect your deepest thoughts and your darkest secrets.

I see you for you.

I see how much you have to offer the world and it makes me so proud.


It pisses me off when you dismiss me as if you are blind and can't see me.

I am more than just the words I write.

Open your eyes and see the sadness that lingers deep inside of me.

It is you that my soul grieves.

Why are you so afraid to look at me?

When I get frustrated

I don't see so clearly.

When I dream,

I wear rose colored glasses.

I am ready to see the truth however disappointing it may be.

As of right now,

It couldn't get any more disappointing than it already is.


You are the only one who can remove my blinders and make me see.


    Contact: Hank Kellner


    "When Stephen Dunning's Reflections on a Gift of Watermelon Pickle was published in the 1960s," writes Hank Kellner, "it quickly found its way into classrooms nationwide. Today, more than forty years later, this unique collection of 114 poems accompanied by black and white photographs still enjoys a great deal of popularity with students and teachers.

    "Because 21st Century students are more visually oriented than ever before," he continues, "the combination of poems and photographs is a very powerful teaching aid." Kellner points out, also, that astute teachers have discovered that by combining poems with photographs they create a stimulating environment that provides inspiration for writing. "Few students," he adds, "fail to respond positively to the marriage of graphic images and written images."

    For a work-in-progress that will combine photos with poetry, Kellner is on the lookout for original poems by students in Grades 7-12 and up. "I'd also like to include poetry by teachers and other adults," he concludes. Interested students, teachers, and others may request more information at hankpix@yahoo.com. Please cite POETRY in the subject line of your email.

    Hank Kellner is the author of Write What You See (Cottonwood Press, 2009. Visit his blog at hank-englisheducation.blogspot.com.

  2. Nicely done. Your graphics did make me uncomfortable as if you were waiting for me to bear my soul.

  3. great poem JarieLyn. love the eyes shots.

  4. Beautifully written and I did feel like we were looking into each other's eyes.

  5. Wow! This so deep and so true you really made me think about How I look at someone. When they're talking to me. Do I really look at them or am I self absorbed.

  6. Those are your eyes, aren't they? Here's lookin' at you Jarie Lyn. I'm with you. I hope you aren't too sad.



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