Friday, April 11, 2014



Love is a secret
until its told
and then it's blown
away into night

Love is a secret
that winds two tight
until its unrolled.

What good is an owner
instead of a lover,
what good is forever

if there's never another?
Better a secret
alive, than dead cover.

~April 2014

Image: Rayograph--The Kiss, by Man Ray, 1922
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  1. Amen, sista. This just flows so well, and is full of hard-earned truth.

  2. What good is forever really jumps out at me. I think it's hard to keep love a secret because love seems to be so much about revealing oneself. I imagine this poem being blown like dandelion seeds. It's light and goes where it will.

  3. Yes, I agree with FB. This has the most wonderful flow. I wanted to stop after each stanza to admire it but I had to read on - wholly satisfying, witty and wise look at love.

  4. Ah, yes, the wisdom we garner if we stay awake and look it square in the eye.

  5. Short, Sweet, Pensive. Hedgewitchian at it's best.
    Have a Kick Ass Week-End...G

  6. Hey Joy--first love the Man Ray. His work has such great lights and darks and this ray-o-graph ==or whatever it is, is very striking.

    Secondly--very interesting word play here and it works a bit like a "cover" of an old love song. I love the winds two tight-- very clever--and there is even a feeling that the unrolled is more than it means - unroled--, given the gender stereotypes (too often true) in relationships. Now, I am someone who actually thinks forever sounds pretty good. But not, I suppose, if it is dead (alive) or dead dead--(I'm talking about the other lover here)--also so cool the way the cover is under the covers and under wraps--so clever all around, even though I am still hanging to the idea of forever. Ha. K.

    1. PS - don't know how I'm going to manage one tonight! Still at work but leaving soon, I expect. k.

    2. Yes, I don't mind the idea of forever, if there's another of what is needed involved. Thanks for giving this probably more attention than it deserves, but I'm glad you did. Good luck with tonight--I was stumped too, then scrawled something for Hannah's prompt(at toads) but not sure it's good enough to post.
      Yeesh-- April! ;_)

    3. Yeah I'm working on train. Back to silly mode.

    4. Ha! Gotta go with what works for you--mine is all about taking innocent flowers and making them grim and sinister--hey--it's what I do. ;_)

  7. in all it's simple,
    melancholic beauty, this really 'speaks' to me Hedge.
    it got me right in the chest,
    I really love it
    even as it breaks a bit of my heart, probably
    because it breaks a piece of my heart.

    timely, for me


  8. Ah yes...LOVE. I knew it was lurking somewhere in that black heart of yours...LOL

  9. I admire your succinct wording coupled with the image. though subject matter, poem, and image belie succinctness at their depth, I find the simplicity compelling and effective. Again, a terrific closure to this piece.

  10. i would never want my love to be a cover for the dead, just saying...
    and it def can be a secret that winds too tight
    i'd rather unroll it than have it blown away...smiles

    happy weekend hedge

  11. ok, so song-lyrics tight, sinuous rhyme, and just a smoking final verse ~


"We make out of the quarrel with others, rhetoric, out of the quarrel with ourselves, poetry." ~William Butler Yeats

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