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For a Secret to be a Secret
by Karen C Vanderlaan

Thursday, October 06, 2011
Rated "G" by the Author.
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For A Secret to be a Secret


Perhaps no mention of it,

Should ever have been made,

Once she knew of its existence,

It haunted her. She had a need to know.


For in her mind, any number,

Of dismal possibilities were manifest,

It permeated her spirit,

And crept into her very existence.


And what good are secrets anyway?

The pain of the keeping,

Or the pain of its truth,  

Of Joy being withheld,

Or possible happiness deferred.


‘Cause for a secret to be a secret

It must be kept by the keeper,

As well as by the giver,

To the very end of their days.

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Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson 1/13/2013
Do very true Karen...Some times it's hard to keep a secret though!...M
Reviewed by Kenny Baez 5/5/2012
The secretive human race; a baby has no secrets but as it gets older the innocence disappears. Behind closed doors, the secretive are being discreet. I love the Leonard Cohen: and your love is a secret all over the block. The paradox is at the heart of many great songs and poems.
Reviewed by Cryssa C 11/16/2011
Secrets destroy... :(
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 11/5/2011
Love the poem, but I'm not much on secrets. Too complicated. The truth will stand on its own merits. Patrick
Reviewed by jude forese 10/14/2011
"secrets are made to be broken" ;) only kiddin ... it takes someone of caliber to keep a secret ...

very well written ...
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 10/10/2011
Wonderfully expressed, Karen. It is certainly not easy being asked to either keep or receive someone else's secret. What might at the time seem a privilege can, as you say, become more of a torment, one way or another. Strong and clear writing which sets out and clarifies the conundrum well. xx
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 10/9/2011 old woman asked another "Can you keep a secret?" The other woman answered eagerly "Yes I can!"...then the lady responded in a soft voice "So can I"
Reviewed by Dark Knight 10/9/2011
how true-and don't we all have secrets-excellent
Reviewed by Christine Tsen 10/9/2011
Wonderful twists and turns in this gem!
I will never forget how my mother carried all of my own secrets loyally to the very end of her days.
Reviewed by Andy Turner 10/8/2011
So you won't be coming to the potting shed tonight?

It is kinda funny, a secret, a secret that everyone knows, but doesn't talk about it until it is realised that it is not a secret. Other than the potting shed ;)
Reviewed by Felix Perry 10/7/2011
Karem this one left me pondering and wondering a lot about how much pressure a secret can put on a soul. To keep a secret from one we often have to lie to this the price of a secret. Anyway this is truly a poem to make the reader dig deep and think a lot. Well done.
Reviewed by Amber Moonstone 10/7/2011
It takes a lot of patience to keep a secret.
Nicely written, my friend!

Peace, love and light,
Reviewed by M.Bennett Hooper (Mikii) 10/7/2011
Ah secrets are worthless without a worthy person with whom to share them. Luv this piece. < <HUGS>>>Mikii
Reviewed by Terry Rizzuti 10/7/2011
Secrets are getting fewer and fewer thanks to the internet.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 10/7/2011
Some secrets truly do haunt.
Reviewed by Liana Margiva 10/7/2011
'The pain of the keeping, or the pain of its truth'------I LOVE THIS!!!!!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva
Reviewed by William Bonilla 10/6/2011
But once someone tells you a secret
its no longer a secret.......
enjoyed your write
Love & Peace be with you

Reviewed by Kay P Devenish 10/6/2011
Ahhh yes I do agree and you wrote it so very well.
Karen,it is no secret that you write the type of poetry that I want to 'keep.'
Love from

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