Invisible Man [Poem]

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About Rick Belden

Rick Belden is the author of Iron Man Family Outing: Poems about Transition into a More Conscious Manhood. His book is widely used in the United States and internationally by therapists, counselors, and men’s groups as an aid in the exploration of masculine psychology and men’s issues, and as a resource for men who grew up in dysfunctional, abusive, or neglectful family systems. His second book, Scapegoat’s Cross: Poems about Finding and Reclaiming the Lost Man Within, is currently awaiting publication. He lives in Austin, Texas.

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  1. Simply beautiful.

    The final part made me think of
    “Is a dream a lie if it don’t come true, or is it something worse?”
    B. Springsteen (The River)

  2. Thanks, FlyingKal. I appreciate your comment and love the connection you made with the line you quoted from “The River”. That song, and Springsteen’s performance of it, is truly chilling, as real as it gets, and maybe the best thing he’s ever done.

    As I think you understand, my poem is about more than just not being seen by women. It is about being marginalized as a man, in both work and love, to the point where you begin to wonder if you even exist anymore, which is why I submitted it for the current series about male disposability.

    • FlyingKal says:

      Yes, I got that it was about overall marginalization, not only about not being seen by women.
      I thought it was beautifully written, and the comment was just the first thing to spring to my mind. I’m sorry if it came out kind of one-eyed.

      Hope to read more of your work soon.

      • Thanks, FlyingKal. Your comment was great and I could tell you understood what the poem was saying. My comment was more of a response to the tagline that appears under the photo and before the poem than to anything you wrote.

  3. Yeah, what are we if not of some specific use? I think that’s a universal question, but different people, men and women, may define “use” differently. Anyway, I enjoyed.

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