group of Filipino kids sitting on a little bridge

What You Don’t See

the top of sugar cane plants
the top of sugar cane
you can’t see

a group of kids
following me along
the hot road

running back
to a little bridge
when I turn around.

You don’t see
a man under that sun
waving in delight

as I photograph his
poverty, spraying
poison on the rice

without any mask.
You won’t see
the old woman

grinning in surprise
as I wander past
her tiny bamboo house,

or three men
in a tractor
towing a broken truck

waving and posing and waving
as my camera
passes by.

© 2017 Melinda J. Irvine

man spraying rice late afternoon

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Melinda J. Irvine is a professional writer, small business owner, and daily blogger — helping real people like you find their voice and share their burning message with the world (and their employees). In her spare time, Mel is busy building (and writing) a free online learning centre for the marginalised kids of Estancia, Philippines.


    1. thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read my poem. my afternoon walks for photographs are always filled with so many un-captured moments in the film an often have more meaning than the photos themselves. mel.

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