Charlotte Ballard

There Are No Secrets Here - Poem by Charlotte Ballard

There are no secrets here,
That’s what was said to me
In the darkness, in the pathway
In the hidden places along the way.

There are no secrets here,
My body pulls away
From a pirated touch, from
A man who says he’s my father.

There are no secrets here-
When I wake up shaking in
The night and then my husband
Has to hold me until I’m still.

There are no secrets here.
Just pain, just a silent knowing
That no words could express
Anyway. To him or them.

There are no secrets here.
I am poisoned like a well
Full of dead creatures
Thrown down by marauders
There is nothing left to pull up.

There are no secrets here
Hidden deep, I know where
I keep them, I just don’t look
For there are no secrets here.

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, August 4, 2005

Poem Edited: Monday, November 3, 2008

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