For Miz Quickly’s Impromptu Prompts Day 11: I ‘ve got a secret

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I have a secret to tell,
but if I speak it, it will
no longer be a secret.

Yet, the need to tell
it grows stronger with
each minute I keep silent.

Swells like a seed about
to burst its shell, and I’m losing
sleep with this deepening

itch to tell it, but know
that if I do, I’ll just be the fool
who couldn’t keep a secret.

Elizabeth Crawford  4/11/13

Notes: It’s simple and was fast. I am on my way out to meet with the writing group, and didn’t want this looming over me the entire time. Like Bly says, “Some days, you gotta lower your standards.”

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9 Responses to Pssst!

  1. Marianne says:

    Sometimes, keeping a secret can worry a hole in your pocket!


  2. Stan Ski says:

    Right… I’m not telling you mine then 😉


  3. Misky says:

    I hate it when people tell me secrets, just for that very reason. Well written!


  4. Pamela says:

    Secrets are meant to kept, Elizabeth. Nice write.



  5. Pamela says:

    *to be kept*


  6. Quickly says:

    Raskolnikov’s song.


  7. Mr. Walker says:

    Sometimes simple and fast is still true. How you manage to “lower your standards” and still get meaning in a simple and fast poem is beyond me. I think it’s delightful.



  8. margo roby says:

    I’m with Richard and I love Barbara’s allusion! Yes!


  9. julespaige says:

    I too am with Richard, I don’t think you lowered your standards at all…and you didn’t even tell your secret! As an aside to you remember the show…”I’ve got a Secret”… contestants were judged on their ability to ‘lie’.

    Thanks you for your visit…I’m trying to catch up.


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