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One must make a distinction however: when dragged into prominence by half poets, the result is not poetry, nor till the autocrats among us can be “literalists of the imagination”—above insolence and triviality and can present for inspection, imaginary gardens with real toads in them, shall we have it.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Fireblossom Friday: Secret Love

Hello dear Toads and pond followers. Recently, I was watching a film called "The Celluloid Closet", about how LGBT people have been portrayed in movies over the decades. Over the closing credits, they played this song, "Secret Love." ( I think they used the Doris Day version; I've chosen Anne Murray's.)

The song seemed a perfect launching-off point for a poetry challenge! Certainly there are many possible variations on such a theme. Please write a poem about a secret love (bearing in mind, of course that this will be a poem, not an autobiography. You can make the whole thing up!) Oh Pooky....your secrets are safe with me!

Maybe your poem will be about midnight assignations and stolen moments between secret lovers. Or, maybe it will be about secretly loving someone who doesn't even know they are adored! However, your poem does not have to be about lovers at all. Maybe your secret love is reading some kind of forbidden literature, or maybe your secret love is something edible, like anchovies! But remember, the important thing is that it be SECRET--except to us readers, of course! As Delaney & Bonnie once sang, only you know and I know...

Don't confuse guilty pleasures with secret loves. If everybody knows you love Bill down in accounting, or that you love anchovies, then it isn't a secret love. So come on, whisper in my ear. What's your secret love? (or that of the speaker in your poem, at least!)

Small print: NEW poem, no haiku or similar Oriental short forms. Beyond that, length and form entirely up to you.

15 comments:

hedgewitch said...

This challenge seemed easy at first, and then I realized you were asking for just a bit more than the obvious--I have done my best, but very rough and spontaneous, hence unedited much or polished. Still, it was a lot of fun to grapple with your central premise. Thanks, Shay. (And sidenote to Kerry--love the updated background and header.)

Fireblossom said...

I may seem to have disregarded my own instructions, but in fact, the speaker in my poem has kept one special thing entirely secret, even while blabbing her head off about all the rest of it!

I hope that everyone enjoys the challenge and gets some writing inspiration from it!

Mama Zen said...

Secrets? I have no secrets!

Fireblossom said...

^^^^^oh geez, MZ!

brudberg said...

I wonder if a secret remains safe here... I take the risk.

Kerry O'Connor said...

Puhleease can I link the poem I wrote yesterday, which is about love more as a secret knowledge than a clandestine relationship? If you think it doesn't fit your theme, I won't mind if you remove the link. I've had a hard time writing of late but this one came to me unexpectedly. I hope it means my dry spell is over.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

I love Fireblossom Fridays. My mind is tiptoe-ing around trying to think of something worthy of submission.......I shall return.

Fireblossom said...

Well, Kerry, let me see. I left Toni's link to a centuries-old poem by Byron, so I thiiiiink I MIGHT be able to let you post yours.

Of course you can, silly Kerry!

Kerry O'Connor said...

Thanks friend!

Buddah Moskowitz said...

Thanks for the challenging prompt. I promptly offer this...

Fireblossom said...

Okay, my limit for random links is one, so buh bye Julian.

Outlawyer said...

Hi Shay-- great prompt (and fun poem says this vegetarian) and great new header, Kerry, also. k.

grapeling said...

hi Shay - if this isn't what you are aiming for, please have no compunctions about removing my link.

and kudos, Kerry, to the cool new vibe... ~

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

This didn't gel for me until I saw Sanaaa's prompt, then the two came together into a litte piece of autobiography.

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

PS Oh yes, how could I not say? The new banner is WONDERFUL.