Cold War, Doctor Zhivago, Interesting Literature, Lara Prescott, Poetics, poetry, Robert Frost, Secrets, The Beatles, The Secrets We Kept (novel)
“We dance round in a ring and suppose,
But the Secret sits in the middle and knows.”
Hi, Everyone! It’s Merril, come a bit closer–we’re going to share some secrets today. Perhaps you have one you want to tell?
To me winter seems secretive with seeds and bulbs hidden underground, to somehow, almost magically, emerge once spring comes.
Recently, I read Lara Prescott’s The Secrets We Kept, a novel that focuses on the women involved in Cold War politics—secretaries who become spies. It also tells the story of Olga Ivinskaya, who was Boris Pasternak’s lover, and the inspiration for Lara in his novel Doctor Zhivago. According to the novel, the CIA was involved in smuggling Doctor Zhivago into the Soviet Union. Pasternak was not allowed to publish it there, and the CIA attempts were part of its effort to use literature as a Cold War weapon.
This made me think a bit more about secrets. Most of us have heard of long-buried family secrets—perhaps in our own families or in those of people we know. We’ve heard of politicians leaving office after a personal secret was exposed. But we like to hear secrets, and the plots of books, plays, and movies often depend on uncovering or exposing a secret.
Do you remember this one?
Apparently, poets also enjoy writing about secrets. This Interesting Literature post covers “the best poems about secrets.” Well, perhaps until the one you write for this prompt! If you click on the link, you’ll see a range of poems that discuss secrets. You may want to use one of these poems for inspiration.
So, today’s Poetics prompt is simple. Write a poem in any style about secrets, or those who are often told secrets, such as spies, psychologists, priests–or friends. You can also respond to one of the Interesting Literature poems. If you want to be tricky and hide a secret within your poem, that’s OK, too—though I may not notice or find it!
If you are new to dVerse, here’s how to join in:
*Write a poem (in any form) in response to the secrets.
*Please link back to dVerse from your site/blog.
*You will find links to other poets and more will join, so check back later to read their poems.
*Read and comment on other poets’ work–we all come here to have our poems read.
****I have a dentist appointment, and I’m going to be a bit late to the pub, but the door is open, so come on it, and help yourself to a beverage, hot or cold, and I have some fresh-baked cookies, too. Relax and think about. . .secrets.****
Good evening/afternoon/morning dVerse poets wherever you are! Kim here, opening the bar for Merril , who will be here shortly. She has given us an intriguing challenge for this week’s Poetics, and I can’t wait to find out the secrets you are all sharing! As we’re writing about secrets and possibly spies, every drink I serve will be shaken not stirred.
Hi Kim. Thank you for opening the bar for me! I back home now and ready to read your secrets.
You’re welcome, Merril. I hope the dentist was gentle.
Yes, just a routine cleaning and checkup. Thanks!
Thank you for the lovely prompt Merril. Lots of secrets to read tonight! Kim, something warm would be lovely as its below zero right now. Cheers!
t’s cold here too. We had frost this morning and the plasterers who are working on our house had front and back doors open!
Kim, put your extra layers on!
I’m wearing a lovely soft Fairisle sweater and have a rug over my knees. It’s my fingers that are freezing!
I’ve been using hot mugs of tea to keep mine warm!
Hello from San Diego where it is just a bit after noon and we are in the midst of a harbor cruise. I will read all your secrets tonight or in the morning! Excellent prompt, Merril—thanks for hosting!
A harbour cruise sounds wonderful, Lill! t’s freezing here.
Hello Kim (and Merril) and All. What a delightful prompt. The sun is shining today and a whole flock of cardinals is at the feeder. No sign of the doves today, but the squirrels have crawled out of their nests to eat while it’s nice. If you’re shaking the drinks today, Kim, please shake me up a cosmo martini, in honor of intoxicating secrets.
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
Hello, I worked late today and came home just as the bar opened. So today it was only a short poem… and soon it’s bedtime.
It’s been a crazy day for me. Thanks for joining in–and sweet (secret) dreams! 😉
Great prompt, Merril. No poetic flair in my response, just a little thought flow. Thanks for hosting. 🙂
Thank you for joining in!
Hi, Everyone! It’s cold here, too, but at least the sun is out. As I’ve just had my teeth cleaned, I’m going to stick to water for a little while. 🙂
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Ooh, the words were sticky tonight.
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Frank Hubeny said:
Thanks for hosting, Merril. I wrote one about secrets, but it has become a secret to me what it now means.
Hahahahaha. I guess it’s up to the readers then! I’ll be by to read it soon.
Frank, I just read your poem. To me it sounds like you’re a trustworthy fellow that people would trust you’d keep, but you don’t want to know them 🙂
Frank Hubeny said:
True, I would rather not know secrets I had to keep.
Linda Lee Lyberg said:
Ooooh, secrets. Great prompt Merril. Hi Everyone- running behind- will post something in the AM.
I’m looking forward to it!
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Such an adorable prompt, Merril! Just wrote mine and it truly muses the mind. Thank you!
Thank you! I’m so pleased you enjoyed the prompt. I’ll be by later to read yours.
Definitely enjoyed it! Thank you!
You’re very welcome.
❤ ❤ ❤
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Alexandra (Xan) said:
This was a hard one, because it hits so close to home. We all have secrets. Do we really want to talk about them?
I’m sorry if I touched on something personal for you. My intention was not to make anyone uneasy. The prompt is just secrets–it doesn’t have to be your own secret or even a real secret. That’s why I gave the link to a variety of poems about secrets.
This was a hard one. We all have secrets. Do we really want anyone to know that? Not entirely satisfied with the purpose-written one, and still thinking about redoing the prior one to the prompt.
Thank you for participating. I’ll be by later to read your efforts. You can take secrets however you want. It doesn’t have to be about personal secrets.
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I love the idea of writing about secrets, had an interesting direction with this one, thank you for the invitation and resource Merril.
I’m so pleased you enjoyed the prompt!
Linda Lee Lyberg said:
Hi Everyone- I wrote of love…Thanks for a lovely prompt Merril.
You’re very welcome. I’ll be by soon to read yours.
Holly Lofgreen said:
Hi. I wrote a response to this writing prompt. The title is ‘Inner Child’ and it was a response to the Lola Ridge poem in Interesting Literature. The Ridge poem is titled ‘Secret’. Thanks!
Thank you! I’ll be by to read it soon.
hi new to this blog lark hope i hope have added to the correct place with my little diiti about dark toughts i would normally keep to myself.
Yes, I see your link. Thank you.
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