John is a poet and short fiction writer who enjoys collaborating on stories with other writers, and partaking in challenges.
Man is not what he thinks he is, he is what he hides.
— Andre Malraux
Inspiration For This Work
Each week friend and fellow writer, and poet Brenda Arledge provides us with a word prompt to help inspire and encourage us all. I always look forward to finding out what word will be the next prompt. In week 31 we were challenged to write something inspired by the word "Secrets."
This is what Brenda wrote:
"Word Prompts Help Creativity ~ Week 31 is an article to help inspire our creativity.
I choose a single word prompt encouraging others to write a poem, a short story, a song or any combination.
The only requirement is to relax and have fun writing."
This week I've chosen the word 'Secrets.'
A secret is something that is kept hidden from others. Sometimes it's a good thing while other times it's bad."
My three pieces of creative writing all have "secrets" as the theme and all follow the same interpretation, in fact, should probably all be read as part of one whole piece, or just different ways of expressing it.
Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not, and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.
— Henry Wordsworth Longfellow ~ Hyperion
The man who can keep a secret may be wise, but he is not half as wise as the man with no secrets to keep.
— Edgar Watson Howe
The Secret ~ a Micro- Fiction Story
I emptied the last scoop of soil into the hole, filling it, then patted it down and set the shovel aside. Placing a planter box full of colourful daisies on top, I felt satisfied - at least for now. Hopefully, the secret, my secret, would now be buried forever. Well, at least from prying and inquisitive eyes, but from my mind - not likely.
Sometimes I wish I had never been born with a conscience. How much easier would life have been? Just do things, good or bad, and then forget about them and get on with life as though nothing had happened.
Well, I wasn't like that. I held myself to account for my actions, and this one was a biggy so it wasn't likely I'd be getting over it any time soon. No matter how deeply the secret was buried in its little metal box, or how brightly the daisies bloomed.
If you want to keep a secret, you must also hide it from yourself.
— George Orwell - 1984
A Cross I Can Bear ~ a Dramatic Poem
I answer your questions with questions,
but the secrets I keep locked inside.
even if threatened with torture
those secrets I'll fervently hide.
Blackmail may work on the guilty
whose conscience eats at their soul,
but I am at peace with my secrets.
to protect others is my only goal.
Try your best to break my composure,
but you'll just be wasting your time,
for I won't reveal those secrets,
and I won't be committing a crime.
My will-power is strong and I won't concede,
pain and torture a cross I can bear.
For I will always stand for the truth,
I've no place in the old Devil's lair.
The best way to keep a secret is to pretend there isn't one.
— Margaret Atwood ` The Blind Assassin
S.E.C.R.E.T.S. ~ an Acrostic Poem
Somebody told me a secret
Eventually, they needed to share
Carefully, I would protect it
Revealing it would be unfair
Even if threatened with prison
Treason is not something I do
Secrets are special bonds of trust
(Just kept between me and you)
A secret is a kind of promise - it can also be a prison.
— Jennifer Lee Carrell
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