Karen Favorite -Written
"They Don't See Me"
By Kiara Schaffer - WA
2012 KarMel Scholarship Submission
KarMel Scholarship 2012
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Description of Submission:
"This poem is about a person struggling to accept and reveal who they truly are. It is about the fear, doubt, and
second thoughts that come along with coming out to the people you care about." - Kiara


Why Karen Liked It
Karen liked how this poem was able to show a person rising up to be the person they want to be.
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They don’t see me.
They never see me.
And no, I’m not a “ghost” that they ignore.
People speak to me every day, as soon as I walk through the school doors.
I’m greeted with smiles, warm hugs, and handshakes.
I’m given more love and support than any one man should be able to take, from others.
But there’s another, side of me.
A side that I strive to prevent their eyes from seeing.
A person I’m unsure they would be proud of me for being.
So they don’t see me.
They never see me.
And it’s not exactly that I don’t want them to.
It’s just that I fear what they may say or do.
Just a bid afraid of who they may turn into.
But I’m tired of hiding.
Tired of this façade, tired of denying.
Tired of denying myself the option of happiness.
The pot of gold at the end of my rainbow has got to be better than this.
And I’m ready for my life of honesty.
Like a bird at first launch, I just want to be free.
It’s finally time for all eyes to see.
This is your invitation to come and SEE ME