dVerse — Shhhh! — Seven Secrets

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Seven Secrets

Delicious assignations, tantalizing tawdriness
Betrayal, concealment, smoldering silence

Midnight raids, candy corn amongst socks
Headlights off, on to 7-11; gobbling, puking

Under the table trading, permits to polluters
Cayman billions, rotting soldiers in trenches

Fat feet propped on desks, unoiled machines
Undotted “I”s, forgotten “T”s

Unseen bruises, battered worth, stalking
Passive-aggressive pot shots, uncaulking

Shunning, stealing, sabotage, smirking eyes
Plotting, put-downs, mirrored prize

Disdain, exclusion, division, justification
Certainty, masked civility, deluded superiority

 

 

I based my poem on secrets involving the “seven deadly sins” of lust, gluttony, greed, sloth wrath, envy, and pride.

Merril is today’s host for dVerse.  Merril says:
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.

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31 Comments Add yours

  1. Frank Hubeny says:

    Nice line: “Undotted “I”s, forgotten “T”s”

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Frank 🙂

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  2. merrildsmith says:

    I didn’t pick up on the Seven Deadly Sins–I thought perhaps you were describing the lives of some current politicians. 😉

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Perhaps that’s the (not-so-hidden) secret 😉

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  3. Grace says:

    I also thought you were describing the politicians…thanks for the note.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I didn’t think of it as one when I wrote it, but after the comments, I see where it applies. It’s a dual-purpose poem.

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  4. Sadje says:

    Great writing Li.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, dear 🙂

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome 😉

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  5. rothpoetry says:

    Very creative use of the prompt!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Dwight.

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  6. lifelessons says:

    Glad you left the note for the end. It was intriguing trying to figure out the plotline!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Glad you enjoyed the poem, Judy.

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  7. kim881 says:

    That’s a comprehensive list of sins, Jade, some very unpleasant and disheartening, especially:
    ‘Under the table trading, permits to polluters
    Cayman billions, rotting soldiers in trenches’
    and
    ‘Unseen bruises, battered worth, stalking
    Passive-aggressive pot shots, uncaulking’.
    How dare human beings call themselves civilised!

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  8. definitely a creative take on it! the secret midnight raids made me swallow a chuckle.

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  9. Xan says:

    Watching the impeachment trial, were you…

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  10. This is great, Lisa. It feels like an expose on how the seven deadly sins weave into each other, feed each other into a frenzy. I also am glad for your note, which allowed me to read it again with a new perspective.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Victoria. When I started thinking of how much evil is committed under cover of secrecy, I thought why not look at them in light of the 7 deadly sins.

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  11. I too thought it was about politicians!

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  12. I love this… and as said before I thought of certain politicians, but maybe that is not so strange.

    So many great words

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Hey, I’d bet money our current leader is guilty of every one, and I only bet on sure things. Thanks, Bjorn, not strange at all.

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      1. I bet that for certain people there are more than seven sins

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  13. Ali Grimshaw says:

    I liked your title and this line especially, “Fat feet propped on desks, unoiled machines”

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  14. Mish says:

    I like the way you brought all the secrets of sins to light in this piece with wonderful imagery. Enjoyed the alliteration and terse lines added to the ambience of evil.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Mish, thank you very much.

      Like

  15. lillian says:

    Seven Deadly Sins indeed…..and how they all lead to secrets that erode and destroy. Well done!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Lillian, thank you.

      Like

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