Entry - MAG Poetry Prize 2010

i am here

by Jill Chong

What constitutes someone’s presence?
Their smile? Their gaze? Their hair?
What is it that lets you know they are there?
Is it their newfound absence as they leave;
The lingering smell, the diminishing heat
That weighs upon your memory
And locks their presence into certainty?
Seeing is believing, they say
But sight isn’t foolproof.
In fact i think to rely on it
is foolhardy.
Your visibility isn’t dependent
on the objectivity of sight.
People choose what they want to see,
and because humans have this choice,
i am invisible.
but i was here.
i am here.

Added: 19.04.2010

Judges' comments on this poem


I really like how the message of this poem lingers on. The poem and especially the end is highly impactful.