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Secrets with Wings
by Charlie
Wednesday, June 06, 2012
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What happens to secrets when there is nowhere to hide?


They wallow into the shadows
wriggling like caterpillars
Hang from inside walls and wardrobes
to spin luxurious silk threads
With which they wrap themselves—
every inch a new secret
 every inch new layer in which to hide.
There in the utter, abysmal  dark,
They dream themselves into things of beauty—
purple eyes with wings,
grow feather-like antennae
And burst forth from their hiding places
To stare down the day.
Feathers burn in candle flames
Purple eyes become dust
Blinking against electric beams
But in daylight, Secrets look like mere moths;
They should not dread it so.
Balanced on the edge of bliss
they drink from fragrant, cupped petals,
embrace its nectar with a kiss
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Reviewed by Kate Burnside 6/7/2012
How I LOVE this, Charlie! Such a perfect metaphor for that thing we so want to keep protected but which attracts itself to the flame which will ultimately be its downfall at every twist and turn. Makes me feel all squiggly and wriggly inside, just like a fluttering moth... just like a restless secret that can't keep still! Great work! :)) xx
Reviewed by Erin Kelly-Moen 6/6/2012
Great title, Charlie! Drew me in. To me an ambiguous piece, this and that, too low-mooded to incite .. unescaped passion. Lovely in rhythm and peace.

Erin Elizabeth Kelly-Moen
Reviewed by Axilea MU 6/6/2012
The secret life of secrets... revealed. Shh! Love their purple eyes and wings and it's a good thing that they look mysterious even when we can actually see them! I like the movement/action in this poem, as you imagine what they do (hanging, spinning, dreaming, drinking and all). Yes, I definitely prefer knowing what they do and look like instead of being told what's inside. Your imagination, quite visual here, keeps the secret alive. Shh!

Reviewed by Christine Tsen 6/6/2012
Really creative, the way you describe this transformation ~
Your poetry is captivating with striking imagery!

Reviewed by Felix Perry 6/6/2012
Very imaginative and creative work that seems to linger on the thought process as we consider the apt analogy
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 6/6/2012
A very creative analogy, comparing secrets to moths. Very enjoyable.

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