The Woeful Ballad of Invisible Girl by Ismah Ahmad

There once lived a girl with superhuman powers, But this girl did not shoot lasers or climb up towers. Instead, this girl’s blessed traits, Were that she could turn invisible, and lift heavy crates. No one could see her, No one wanted to be her. So, she walked around with a frown That not even […]

There once lived a girl with superhuman powers,

But this girl did not shoot lasers or climb up towers.


Instead, this girl’s blessed traits,

Were that she could turn invisible, and lift heavy crates.


No one could see her,

No one wanted to be her.

So, she walked around with a frown

That not even the funniest person could turn around.


One day a girl no older than three                                                     

Came up to Invisible Girl merrily.

She handed her a card wrapped in brown string.

Invisible Girl took it, she almost did sing!


“What is this thing?” She said aloud.

“Tis a gift for you!” She was ever so proud.

Then Invisible Girl opened it with a smile,

and she grew more visible, all the while.


The card was drawn with glitter and paint.

But, when she read it, she almost did faint.

Instead of Invisible Girl’s name written in gold,

The card said: ‘To Flying Girl, I’d like to be like you when I get old!’


Invisible Girl’s smile dropped to a frown.

She felt embarrassed. She felt like a clown.

You see, this girl had mixed up her name

With another hero who had much more fame.


The girl skipped away to her mum and her dad,

And Invisible Girl was left feeling sad.


The people at the park played in the sun.

Some fed the ducks, and others went for a run.

Invisible Girl realised that she’d never be great,

And so, she solemnly accepted her fate,


Slowly and sadly, she faded away.

She did not return, not even the next day.

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