Invisible Man

There’s no doubt in my mind that the poem ” Do not go gentle into that goodnight” inspired me, and still does, to pursue writing. The form of this poem is a Villanelle, so I thought to myself: Why not try one? For anyone confused about the title, it was inspired by the novel “Invisible Man” by Ralph Ellison. If you’ve never heard of either of these great works, I would go check them out; you won’t be disappointed. But without further ado, here was the result:

Dream away this insidious sight.
Wrathful tears cascade, as broken wings, from once endearing fate.
Oh Death! I slave to the phantom of night.

Although, in entirety, we search our lives for light,
In the insufferable darkness, it seems, we learn to late.
Dream away this insidious sight.

Locked deep in thought, thought solely as right,
What mind, so lost, could yet relinquish hate?
Oh Death! I slave to the phantom of night.

Runners, whose souls were lost to spite,
Whose hopes, embellished, came lost to date,
Dream away this insidious sight.

Revenge, so sweet, could never reach such height—
So closely bounded by such a cold steel grate.
Oh Death! I slave to the phantom of night.

Even now, unseen, you sit in frozen fright;
Invisibility gleaned from humanities ceaseless wait.
Dream away this insidious sight.
Oh Death! I slave to the phantom of night.

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