Yet it is not felt
It is not touched
And it is not materially measured
There it tis
Having perhaps more hold over some
Then the seen, palpated and touched
Are the worst types of pressure
From the observable
Or are they rather
From the intangible?
The observable we can quantify
Hence focus on
With all our wrath and venom
And desire for vengeance
But the intangible unexplainable
Can be a whole other matter
For how do we hold accountable
That which we cannot see, hear or explain?
Boundaries become blurred
Personal integrity becomes compromised
We feel violated
Let alone vulnerable
Is that not
What the panic wants
It has won
Before the battle has been joined
Our deepest fears
Have been realized
The unseen enemy
A victor of the battle let alone the war.
David I. Mayerhoff is an emerging writer while being a practicing physician and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry. His areas of specialty are in Graduate Medical Education, the chronic mentally ill, and academic research with a focus on the heterogeneity of schizophrenia disorders.
Selected poetry of his can be found at drsyke.wordpress.com, allpoetry.com, poetry.com, as well as published selections at PoetryBay/ Long Island Quarterly, The Paragon Journal and elsewhere.