“It’s pretty simple, pretty obvious: that people’s first impressions of people are really a big mistake.”  –  Vincent D’Onofrio

“Harold, like the rest of us, had many impressions which saved him the trouble of distinct ideas.”   –  George Eliot




Not impressed

By the cover

Your stories



That make


Those I shall



Quietly first

In Braille

Then out loud

No stone unturned

Moving on to trace

The outline

Mouthing the


Absorbing the senses

Neural imprinting

I shall

Know you by






About Léa

A wanderer who has found home and herself in the South of France.
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9 Responses to Impressions

  1. Lovely. I’m always a little baffled by the idea that first impressions are the most important. Partly as I think I’m a bit of a slow-burn myself – liking me, especially boys liking me, is something that creeps up on them over time (well, sometimes) and also… I dunno, I’m usually one to see how people are, actions and words, over time before I feel I know them… First impressions can be misleading. Your poem is one to think on Lea.

    • leamuse says:

      Holly, you are so kind. If I can write something that leads someone to think, to challenge their old way of perceiving people, I am thrilled. Thank you so very much.

  2. Wow! Yes, a powerful write.

    I need to think about this. I think I definitely sometimes take a first impression as the reality of a person. Then I can remember thinking at times “oh, I was wrong about him/her”. I think sometimes I form an impression of how I actually want the person to be.

    This is a “food for thought” poem Lea! And very well said too 🙂


    Christine xxx

    • leamuse says:

      As you know, I write as I feel them…

      If I can get anyone to challenge their pre-conceived notions or old ways, I am beyond thrilled. I have seen to many suffer because they did not make a great “first impression”. Not to mention the fact that I have heard too many times that people had a first impression of me as a snob. Shyness can often do that.

      Bon appétit!



      • Oh bless your heart – a snob! Never in a milloin years 🙂

        I have learned a lot over my years in recovery about being non judgemental. I practice and get much better as time goes by.


      • leamuse says:

        You are so sweet. 🙂

        I believe that is something we all must work on/ guard against.


  3. claudia says:

    i love when people look beyond the cover, trying to see the real person, tracing in braille..reading out loud…exploring…love this lea

  4. cindy knoke says:

    Wonderful as usual Lea y hola from Tierra del Fuego!

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