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A Poem- Secrets hidden in the darkness

Updated on April 17, 2012

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Poetry about growing up and letting go

There are secrets hidden in the darkness

Ones dared not shared in the light

They are the secrets we pretend we do not hold,

The ones that we have allowed to control our lives


They aren’t much good for conversations

They are not willing-fully told

They will just as well make you fall apart-

Just as much as they ever made you feel whole


My secrets in the darkness,

Don’t even share my name

They come from deep within my hell,

And take me for what it is I never thought to take


I tremble in the shadows of the darkness,

As daylight fades to gray

I tremble as I make my way through time

To face the demons I could not save


I left the secrets I must face,

in the shadows hidden away

I make up a time and I make up a day.

I travel back down a path I wish I hadn’t paved.


My skeletons are not in a closet,

They are no longer hidden away.

I have brought my secrets out into the light

And I hold my breath as I prepare to be judged today.


As I stand exposed

Letting my past catch up with me

I carry within my heart

The knowledge that I am finally going to be free.


I don’t do this for the world

I do this for my peace

A peace I need to find within my soul,

So I can finally begin to breath.


I know many will not like what they see

They will not like that I am scarred

They will wish that I kept all my secrets

Hidden away and not shared.


Secrets hidden in the darkness,

Are the colors of my soul.

They may not make you like me.

But they are secrets I can no longer hold.


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      Holly 2 years ago from Lone Star State

      Thank you for reading and leaving a personal and heartfelt reply on my poem. I appreciate it, and I full heartily agree with you that loving ones self is an important step in healing.

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      susan beck 3 years ago from drexel hill,pa

      As a fellow survivor and keeper of secrets, I know only too well the pain you've endured and the redemption you've earned. Love yourself. That's the real secret. That one's a keeper.

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      Holly 5 years ago from Lone Star State

      Docmo, thank you so very much. your opinion of my work means so very much. thanks for reading and for leaving the comment! I am sorry for the 5 week delay in response....life has a tendency to take its toll and our time, :)

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      Holly 5 years ago from Lone Star State

      Frances Bernard- thanks for sharing. You are a good friend to carry secrets from friends with you. Many do not do the same. Thank you for reading and leaving your comment, i appreciate the feedback.

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      Holly 5 years ago from Lone Star State

      Nikkij504gurl- thanks for the insight and your perspective. I appreciate you taking your time to read and to comment. As always, I will remain true to who I am :)

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      Holly 5 years ago from Lone Star State

      G-Ma, my writing does exactly that for me...helps to free my fears and my pain to allow me to be whole and live with all that i am. thanks for commenting and for reading my work, I always appreciate your insight :)

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      Holly 5 years ago from Lone Star State

      mtsi1098, thank you for your comment...and that is exactly what I was trying to relay! :)

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      Holly 5 years ago from Lone Star State

      writer20, lol- thanks Joyce.... as always, I appreciate you taking the time to comment and read my work.

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      Holly 5 years ago from Lone Star State

      gypsy48, thanks for the comment. Ithink that too many people tend to be ashamed of their secrets, rather than come to terms that our secrets have helped to determine who we are now.

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      Holly 5 years ago from Lone Star State

      deborah, although it is sometimes tough to write- it is also such a release to expel the thoughts and feelings, i often feel more alive after i write a new poem. People have told me I am nuts when they hear that, but it is the truth, it is like each poem in a peace of me...good and bad. Thanks for the comment.

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      Mohan Kumar 5 years ago from UK

      Secrets hidden in the darkness,

      Are the colors of my soul.

      They may not make you like me.

      But they are secrets I can no longer hold.

      The last verse sums it all. You have written a powerful piece that captures the secret lives of the soul and the play between light and dark.

      I don't do this for the world

      I do this for my peace...

      Indeed. Beautifully written, HC. voted up!

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      Frances Bernard 5 years ago

      If a friend tells me a secret about their past; a secret about a choice they made and regreted; that secret becomes in me an opportunity to journey with them in their healing process. Sometimes that opportunity is cut short for a time. Friends drift apart for short periods or sometimes for good. The secret is then mine to keep, but never to give away.

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      Nikki Wicked 5 years ago from Louisiana

      The truth always comes out. Secrets can be great burdens and sometimes you just need to get them off your chest. Be true to yourself and the world.

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      Merle Ann Johnson 5 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      what a wonderful poem...

      whatever works to free your fears...

      for me I know God knows and some things are just kept between me and HIM...

      people think what they want, hear what they want and pretty much do what they want.

      some pain though can be deadly, ruin your life and make you vey sad, releasing in a poem is a great way to help you feel better and perhaps help others..Your Poem (I am sure) did just that...

      God Bless...:O) Hugs G-Ma

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      mts1098 5 years ago from InsideTheManCave

      Nice job here...to truly face our future we must accept our past and to truly love our lives begins with loving ourselves (the bad and the good)...cheers

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Good news you've got boney guys out into the light.

      Voted up and awesome, Joyce.

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      Gypsy48 5 years ago

      Very relatable piece Holly. I know all about surviving painful secrets. Awesome writing.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      wow secrets we all have them.. and sometimes they are exposed and sometimes stay so hidden in our hearts that it destroys us from within.

      what a powerful poem.. and how touching it is and how it had to have taken a lot out of you to write.

      Blessing to you

      Debbie

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      Holly 5 years ago from Lone Star State

      Thanks erickcb- I appreciate the comment. The journey is not always pleasant, but it is worth the ride. My past is left behind me and the present and the future are looking better each moment that passes.

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      Holly 5 years ago from Lone Star State

      Martie, thank you. The ones that we trust the most, often are the ones that misuse the trust and try to gain from our pains and skeletons. It is a shame that the intention of some is so cruel and selfish

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      Holly 5 years ago from Lone Star State

      Thank you Vincent, I appreciate your words and as always your inspiring strength and outlook. For where there is pain, there is a heart and where there is a heart...there is hope for recovering from the pain.

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      Holly 5 years ago from Lone Star State

      Thank you centp002 for your comment. I appreciate you reading my work

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      erickcb 5 years ago

      Wow. Beautiful. I wish you the best on your journey, and congratulations for being able to make the decision to face the darkness. This is really hard to do, I as well have had to face it. It is not easy, but like you said it is necessary in order to become whole. Great poem. It spoke to me.

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      Martie Coetser 5 years ago from South Africa

      I had secrets...

      Then, one day, my ex, while he was still my husband, made my darkest secret known in order to appear innocent instead of guilty....

      I wanted to die... I was so-so shocked...

      But I had to lift my chin and face the world -

      When I found myself again, I was free.

      Secrets are fetters, keeping us locked up in darkness.

      Voted up and so-so thought-provoking :)

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      Vincent Moore 5 years ago

      Holly this is a very powerful piece, I know from whence it comes, deep from within your soul. It isn't easy freeing our spirit and letting those horrible skeletons leave our closet, but it's the best we can do for ourselves and our sanity.

      As you know I have shared much of my horrible past with everyone at the hubs, I left no stone unturned as I released the putrid, anger and abuse that haunted my home. I survived it as you did and now we are able to share with others less fortunate with the hope that we can plant a seed of hope in their hearts and help heal scars that are embedded in their soul. Thank you for this beautifully sad share. I pray that you felt a huge burden lifted by speaking out.

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      centp002 5 years ago

      Beautiful, thank you.