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My Worst Kept Secret

My Hidden Truth

By PoppyPublished about a year ago Updated 2 months ago 1 min read
Top Story - October 2022

I see a man

Brush a woman's

Hair behind her ear

With featherlight affection

And my chest tightens

I swear I don’t love you

I just crave the feeling

Of your skin on mine

I dream of you

Calling me yours

And wake up reaching

For you with empty hands

And quivering limbs

I promise I don’t love you

I just want you as desperately

As an addict needs

His next needle

I drown in daydreams

And lament in lies

I don’t love you

I don’t love you

I swear I don’t love you

I’m screaming but

Hiding a wound doesn’t

Stop it from bleeding and

Silencing the sea doesn’t

Stop the sirens’ singing

The truth will set you free, they say

So this is it, my worst kept secret:

I love you.

I don’t know what

To do with my hands

Or what words to

Stitch together

Or how to stay

Away from you

All I know is that

No denial or lies

Or promises are

Enough to change

The truth that

I am in love with you

And saying it out loud

And writing it on paper

Is not enough to

Set me free


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  • Georgia Dimitriousabout a year ago

    That was awesome!!!

  • Gang Du AIabout a year ago

    I love your poetry and I want to give you credit for it.

  • Pennyabout a year ago


  • Camille Ora-Nicoleabout a year ago

    Been there, this resonates and it's beautifully written!

  • Jordan Twissabout a year ago

    An outstanding piece of poetry. It was raw, and real, and so powerful. Excellent work!

  • Heather Hublerabout a year ago

    I felt the desperation in this! Wonderful writing, well done :)

  • Kendall Defoe about a year ago

    Dreams clashing with reality...nice work... 😉

  • Amy Writesabout a year ago

    Wow! This was so good. It really captured what so much of us have felt. Really well done!!

  • Rebecca Ridsdaleabout a year ago

    The pain of love >>>

  • Brenton Fabout a year ago

    a beautiful and elegant homage to all that our hearts hope for!

  • Melissa Ingoldsbyabout a year ago


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