There should be secrets

For us to ponder

to worry about.

Not everything need be known

like how we got here

on this island Earth,

Why God put us here,

the point of suffering,

of brain tumors, cancer?

why some people sail through life

while others ….

What’s it all about, Alfie?

Like the house across the street.

Who lived there? Why did they go?

Why has it been left to ruin?

I could ask the guy raking the leaves

in the house next door

but if I knew, I couldn’t ponder.

There should be secrets.

There should be secrets.

21 thoughts on “Secrets

  1. Indeed! And if everything was perfect, I would have nothing to whinge about! 🙂. I think you’re onto something.

    But truly, it is nice to ponder things. Like why don’t I ever write proper letters anymore? Such a sad thing to lose. And if I don’t write them, how can I hope to receive them?

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  2. Lol; there would be fewer poems written , Worms, songs too if we knew the purpose and origin of everything: the great ontological questions — and regarding letters I can hear my mother saying, why should I phone them? They can phone me 🙂


  3. I had a particularly ponderous,
    and rather periphrastic, quote
    from our good friend, Henry
    Wadsworth Longfellow, to
    share with you John … but
    after reading you elegantly
    succinct poem I’ve thought
    better of it 🤔

    “And above all, watch with glittering
    eyes the whole world around you
    because the greatest secrets are
    always hidden in the most unlikely
    places. Those who don’t believe in
    magic will never find it.”

    ~ Roald Dahl

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    • thank you for sparing us the Longfellow quote, David , but the one from Dahl is truly, well, true — and well worth a ponder: ‘the greatest secrets hiddeb in the most unlikely places’; magical! the old unkempt, unloved house on the corner prompted this poem 🙂

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  4. I agree John, not everything needs to be out in the open. Discretion and subtlety are important. Before the days of social media, people didn’t need to know everything. We still don’t, but access is so much easier.

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