There’s Nothing There

i’m reaching out, engaging
and scrutinizing
skimming through to see you
holding you intently, purposefully
and committed
you seemed an open book
the audio version of your story
your truth so bold
then I went beyond your notes
and found blank pages
they told a different story
you ring hollow
there’s nothing there

i have to put this book down
the efforts made to unravel the mystery
and the chances taken
diving right in
brought me no pleasure
i learned nothing
maybe another blank page can read you properly
i won’t waste my time
on an empty binding
not again

when I’m ready to read again
i’m sure i’ll find a better story to discover

Susi Bocks – writer/author/poet, has self-published two books – Feeling Human and Every Day I Pause. You can find her work at or follow her on Facebook, where she invites you to read her thoughts and get to know her. Bocks’ work has been published in the anthology SMITTEN: This Is What Love Looks Like: Poetry by Women for Women and in Scarlet Leaf Review, VitaBrevis, Spillwords, Literary Yard, as well as other literary magazines.


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11 thoughts on “There’s Nothing There

  1. Wow this is awesome.

    1. <3 Thanks, Kritika!

      1. Pleasure 🙂

  2. Nice piece

    1. Thanks so much for reading!

      1. Thank you also for sharing your work, this poem had a very deep message. Loved it 👌

      2. I’m happy you enjoyed it! <3

      3. 🙏🙏🙏

  3. This is beautiful in a haunting way. So much emotion – an entire story in so few words. Thank you for sharing this piece of poetry.

    1. Appreciate it, Hamish! It was my pleasure! 🙂

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