Mary Nagy

Rookie (11-08-1970)

The Secret Life Of A Poet - Poem by Mary Nagy

My friends don't even know me.
They really have no clue.
I don't say I write poetry.
Is it the same for you?

Does a poet always tell their friends
about their secret vice?
In passing I may say ''I write.''
but, I'll never tell them twice.

Do we like the ''cloak and dagger''?
Is it ''mystery'' that we seek?
Oh yes, I do write poetry...
but, it's a secret I shall keep.

Comments about The Secret Life Of A Poet by Mary Nagy

  • Brian Dorn (8/21/2006 9:59:00 AM)

    Mary, your secret is safe with me, glad you shared it!
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  • (10/23/2005 11:12:00 PM)

    Mary-Writers live a double life. I have been writing for many, many years and it is no longer a secret. I want you to know that I never get tired of reading your work. It is unique and I find I can relate so well to much of what you write. Thank you for sharing your wonderful gift with the world. (Report) Reply

  • Ernestine Northover (10/6/2005 12:19:00 PM)

    I know that feeling Mary, you tend to hide away in case they look at you real odd. Sincerely Ernestine (Report) Reply

  • (10/6/2005 9:33:00 AM)

    I totally relate to this poem. Poetry is the secret I cherish keeping to myself and sharing only through poemhunter with others who find themselves in the same predicament. Thank you Mary for sharing this. I thought I was weird :) (Report) Reply

  • (10/6/2005 8:54:00 AM)

    Another person just told me none of their friends know she writes. Most people that know me, know I don't like anything but cats, rock music and poetry, they then guess about the writing part. (Report) Reply

  • (10/6/2005 5:57:00 AM)

    Nice one, Mary, and perhaps more serious than we think!
    Tell them just once - but ten to one in the future sometime, they'll come up with some deep 'other life' secret in themselves which they would never have told you without that - because it's that 'other life' that most everyone has buried - you know, what some people brush off with 'I'd like to write my autobiography sometime...' but never do...
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  • (10/5/2005 11:51:00 PM)

    Nice one, Mary! Liked the meter and message. I am keeping my poetry efforts here pretty light, in case they are ever found or read by someone I know. Guess I'll need a secret identity if I ever submit anything more serious. -chuck (Report) Reply

  • (10/5/2005 7:58:00 PM)

    It's time to quit being in the closet, Mary, and come out. Actually, I was retired from teaching before I ever just said simply, 'I am a poet.' Until then, it was simpler to say 'I am a teacher.' That's where I spent more of my day. I surprised even myself when I said (proudly) 'I am a poet.' And it is truer every day.

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  • (10/5/2005 4:57:00 PM)

    As you know....I'm rather outspoken...but I love to tell people that I'm a poet because they are mostly just shocked when they read me....that this logical, anal retentive woman...also has Soul.. (Report) Reply

  • (10/5/2005 4:35:00 PM)

    Yes, yes and yes! Or is it fear of laying bare our heart and soul to those who may not understand, appreciate or accept what they see? A little of both, I think, but by all means don't let it stop you! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, October 5, 2005

Poem Edited: Friday, January 5, 2007

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