Invisible Wife

My response to Imaginary Garden with Real Toads image prompt: Artistic Interpretations with Margaret – Andrew Wyeth

Invisible Wife

Andrew Wyeth – Wind from the Sea (1947)


Weary from the heat

I retreat

From the stinging sand

Cross the arid land

To the shade of trees

And a welcome breeze

That sets

The birds on the tattered nets

Flying in the vacant view

In which I search for you

Following the tyre tracks

Down to the shore and back

I am an invisible wife

In the composition of your life


© Kim M. Russell, 2016


13 thoughts on “Invisible Wife

  1. This is such a poignant description of a lonely woman… the retreat, the vacant view… It conveys the mood of Wyeth’s work very well indeed.

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    1. The birds are embroidered or crocheted along the edge of the curtain. I had a closer look at the painting on the Internet. They look like swifts. Thanks for reading so closely, Laura.


  2. I have felt this way at times, not because of my husband, but the perception of others that I was a mere housewife. Few knew all the traveling I did to take care of my oldest daughter with all her surgeries and caring for my mother who had Alzheimer’s or the 20 years of volunteering to work with youth.

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    1. There are so many women who are invisible in this way. My mother also has dementia but is in a residential home as she deteriorated very quickly. I can imagine how caring for more than one person can affect other people’s perception of you. I think it is admirable that you have continued to volunteer with young people.


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