Thursday, April 2, 2015

Quinzaine: Secrets Kept(?)

I have a secret to share.
Can I trust you to
keep it safe?

Secrets can tear friends apart.
How else would they know?
Was it you?

Secrets are chasms between.
Can you feel the di-
vide growing?

Everyone has their secrets.
Why do we keep them?
Is it fear?

On inspiration for this piece:  I pulled from Poetic Asides's 2015 April PAD Challenge:  Day 2.  The theme for this prompt - in case you were unable to figure it out - was secrets.

A note on form:  The above is a set of quinzaines.  The quinzaine is a short form consisting of only fifteen syllables.  As with any short poem, such confinement can be quite tricky.  The first line (7 syllables) is a statement; the next two lines (5 and 3 syllables) are a question related to the first line.  Upon first coming across this form, there seemed to be no definite on whether the two lines together made the question or if they had to be two separate questions.  And so, I tend to write them in pairs (or in this case a pair of pairs) where one uses the last two lines as a single question and the other two separate questions.

1 comment:

Jeff said...

Great work! I like the first one best. Good to see you writing again--I've had a pretty long layoff myself, just trying to get back in the swing of things.