Love this? Leave a Tip at
Mention this poet, K. Miller, to award them 50% of the Tip.

Low Visibility

I lose visibility,
others looking
An imprint of a specter,
floating on heavy limbs that creak and moan,
rattling rusty chains that weigh down.
Staring in the mirror, visibility returns as
fluorescents highlight
             deep grooves etched in furrowed husk,
             hooded eyes shrouding hazy contours,
             carmine tributaries snaking through derma wasteland,
             scarred follicles uprooting,
             effulgent crown catching and refracting traitorous light.
No one sees me, not even
my own two eyes.
They see someone else:
my grandmother’s silhouette, faded and fused
             [drooping patchwork]
an old neighbor shuffling down her drive, treading sludge
             [deformed decrepitude]
a withered prune of a stranger, sucked dry to her marrow
             [piercing obsolescence]
dismissed and forgotten
as if she doesn’t even exist.

That woman doesn’t exist.

I stare at the image
and tell her
to slide through the looking glass and disappear.
No one will notice,
not even me.

K. Miller has a PhD in English Studies, lives in the Midwest, is currently
learning Italian, and can be found on Twitter

Get the Limited-Edition Poetry Card for this Poem
Enjoy reading this poem in print by purchasing
the numbered, limited-edition poetry card.
(This format is similar to a booklet-sized
greeting card). Shipping fee comprises 25%
of price shown. Choose the PayPal button that
corresponds to your mailing address, or the
recipient's address, if a gift.

Previously published in
US Poetry Magazine:
"Lathyrus Sativus" by Shelby Parks

Published May 11, 2020

Poets of the USA Contest #1 - First Place

Low Visibility

by K. Miller
(Culver, Indiana, USA)
Outside Canada & USA
$10 USD
$10 CAD
Advertisement's Email List
Send an email to
with the message, "Join".
This website and all contents
Kirk Ramdath and specified
Get the Bookmark / Sticker Combo
Poetry heart logo - click to buy the bookmark and sticker combo
Show the World Your Love for Poetry
2020 Poetry Champions Cup Winner: Click this image to go to the purchase screen for the Limited Edition Poetry Card. Image shows a fountain pen.
UK Poetry Magazine FB Page
US Poetry Magazine - "Low Visibility" by K. Miller
Go to / See the Newest Work
Main Page
US Poetry Magazine - Menu
USA Poets
All Poems
Contest Winners
United States Poetry Magazine.