Leaked Secrets

Written for:  Friday Writings #9 - Telling Secrets
"What are your little secrets?"  (posted by Rosemary)

"Little secrets are the kind I'm thinking of ... personal yet silly stuff ... harmless but a mite embarrassing ... or just sorta odd ... or maybe even sweet."

Marilyn:  I will tell you
          a secret, but
          you cannot divulge 
          it to anyone.  We
          are getting a puppy!

Susan:    It's supposed to be
          a secret, but Marilyn
          just told me they were
          getting a puppy–probably rescue.

Ella:     Did you know that Marilyn's
          family is adopting a rescue
          dog from a shelter?  Probably
          one of the older dogs that
          were saved from that wildfire.
Joan:     Hi Marilyn I heard about your
          secret plan to fly down
          south, and rescue a bunch
          of older dogs that were left
          in the wake of the storm.


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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26 Responses to Leaked Secrets

  1. ivor20 says:

    Exquisitely presented …and the story goes on, growing by a little secret at a time ..


  2. Sadje says:

    Sounds like a game of Chinese whispers


  3. Ha ha ha, definitely Chinese whispers. Nicely portrayed! Also just goes to show that there is really only one way to keep a secret: don’t tell ANYONE.


  4. Eugi says:

    Yep, and the beat goes on! Love this!


  5. Helen Dehner says:

    OH YES it happens. We loved playing that ‘pass the secret’ game at birthday parties back in the late 40s, early 50s.


  6. Beverly Crawford says:

    Gossip has wings (and imagination!)


  7. dsnake1 says:

    hahaha, that’s how a narrative can get distorted after a few retellings. We used to play this game at school, i think it’s called ‘telephone’. Never fails to make us laugh.
    Enjoyed reading your post! 🙂


  8. Colleen@ LOOSELEAFNOTES says:

    Ha ha! The rumor mill. Well told.


  9. Kestril Trueseeker says:

    LOL, that’s always the way isn’t it. Bit by bit the story grows. A few more people added to the chain and they might have believed there was a masked ball being held as a rescue animal benefit.


  10. thotpurge says:

    Chinese whispers as everyone has said before – sadly everyone’s been on the receiving side of this craziness! Wonderfully presented, Sara!


  11. J Beames says:

    This portrayal is one reason why I don’t tell anyone anything- Ha!


  12. Yep, this is exactly how happens. So hilarious and true. Love the structure.


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