and revealing myself one poem at a time
One needs ask in order to know another, the eyes see but they rarely garner the full truth. It is the mouth that gets the understanding that the mouth gives. Nice Karen...Invisibility in the material world.
This is among the most difficult of topics to get both emotionally and objectively right. Every metaphor I know deflects some critical facet and I think your poem is a very good attempt.My mother paid a steep price sourced in a small rewrite:"My people do not know..."with all else staying the same.She worked very hard to get it right and the price she paid, those closest in her life thought she was phony because so complexly contrived, while she was actually sincere and even more complexly contrived.