Tuesday, June 09, 2009

the book of secrets



The book was thick and black and covered with dust
Its boards were bowed and creaking
I prised the pages wide apart
And heard the sound of speaking
I can’t explain exactly what happened that day. It was surreal, almost as if it wasn’t happening at all, only it was. I heard a voice I thought I knew. You know how when you hear a recording of yourself you hardly recognise your own voice? Well, I suppose that’s what happened then.
I heard the voice, presumably mine; asking the questions I’d always wanted to ask but had never dared to, perhaps because I was afraid of finding out something I’d rather not know, or perhaps because I knew I could never face knowing the truth. But in those few moments I learned the answers to many unanswered questions and several mysteries that I’d carried within me for all those years.
I closed the book and a cloud of dust rose into the air. As I did so I swear I heard the sound of laughter. The sort of laugh that suggests that everything I’d been told was not necessarily the truth.
I tied a ribbon ‘round the book
And placed it on the shelf
Where it will sit until I need
More secrets of myself.
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11 comments:

  1. A most enjoyable read!


    Ha ha ha ha!

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  2. There's a lesson here. I think if we were to listen to ourselves more often then we could/ would know the answers to our problems. It's that tiny voice we carry inside the one that's barely discernable. Well written Keith. Have a nice night.

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  3. I think you'll think me a repetative ninny because I'm always saying this is your best, but truly from a writer's point of view this is good.

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  4. Made me think of that old saying about eavesdroppers hearing things about themselves that they wish they could "un-hear". I'm not sure I would ever read that book again LOL - there is something to be said for being blissfully ignorant!


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  5. makes one wonder if perhaps somewhere there is such a book and if we all couldn't benefit from reading (listening to) it

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  6. If life is a reflection....then this book is the source that speaks out the days gone by. Enjoyed reading this.

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  7. you are going where no person should go. Never ever look deeply into your own inner self. Burn the dam book

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  8. Hey there,

    This is very well written. I really think it is more to it than meets the eye. I think this is a post that led up to that break from writing post. Hmmm talk to me. Hugs to you

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