I See You

You are here at an important moment in time.
Silence holds the feelings unspoken.
Silence, gaze, emotion, and wonder
I see you.

What are you thinking?
What are you feeling?
You are human.
I see you.

I feel your anxiety.
I feel you stir.
There it is, a shift.
I see you.

You feel helpless.
You wish for movement.
You desire change.
I see you.

You hide behind your defenses.
Connection desired,
But you cannot move.
I see you.

Your fear blinds you
Your words, empty
Your actions misguided
I see you.

How long will we dance?
How long before you see
We are much closer than you know.
I see you.

Will you bare your soul
And allow me to touch you?
Will you allow me to stir growth?
I see you.
Your burdens are heavy,
And you grow weary with time.
You are unaware.
I see you.

If only you could see the source of discomfort.
If only you could allow yourself to experience connection.
Change, growth, and progress would cease to be merely words.
I see you.

You do as you are told
As you travel the path of redundancy.
When will you see
I see you?

Transparent barriers to keep you safe
Disbelief in my ability to touch you
So much potential
I see you.

Do you have the courage
To lay it all down?
How it could be so different
If you could just see me.

I am your client,
And I see you.

Michael Moats

13 thoughts on “I See You

  1. When I felt lonely and powerless in the session room, this poem helped a lot. Thank you Michael for showing us how to work with our feelings. And, I learned how to use the silence to work too. I am practising.

    1. Glad to hear it, Summer! Life is practice, so I am glad to see you are open to the continual engagement of practice. Thank you, again, for all of your hard work that made our trip a wonderful interaction and experience!!

  2. Michael,
    Thank you so much.
    I love your style,your smile,they are so real, tender and warm.
    I love your shy too.
    This poem is very beautiful,also guide and remind me to feel and see the client.
    I am easily moved everytime when reading it.
    I love you@@.

    1. Thank you, Jenny! When we can remember that there are two people in the room, not just therapist and client but two very human people, we can begin to see each other much clearer.

  3. The poem is warm!
    Michael, I usually have a strong feeling that I don’t want to die ,I love this world and Don’t want to go. I afraid of being alone and forgotten. Had you have this kind of feeling?

    1. Yilia,
      Death anxiety is a very natural part of living. Sometimes it can become overwhelming, and sometimes there is a certain level of acceptance. My thought is that it might be helpful to talk to someone about what you are experiencing, but I would recommend a private setting. One thing that can happen is that we become so afraid of dying that we forget to live during the time that we have.

  4. Hello,Michael! I ,a chinese girl ,am just a grade 2 student in college .And I am major in psychology .So until today ,my knowledge of psychology is limited ,of which I cannot understand the poem you have written .
    What confuses me a lot is the role you play in the poem ,a consultant or a client ?I think the poem is personality and beautiful ,I like it .So I expect that you can analyse it for me .Thank you .

    1. It is purposefully twisting the perspective to prove the point that the same message could be seen from either perspective. I began writing this and was reflecting on feeling stuck with a client when I came to the end and realized that it may be the exact way she felt about me. The poem primarily is written from the therapist’s perspective, but the ending switches it to purposefully cause us to stop and think. I am glad you enjoyed it.

    1. 史俊,
      I actually believe it is both, a perpetual journey of leaving the old in search of the newer and deeper understanding of the other, the self, and the relationship. Thank you for your comment!

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