Secret Adages by Barbara Lydecker Crane

Secret Adages
“Write nothing down in ink” is the secret’s first rule;
“You promise not to tell?” said the secret’s first fool.
A secret’s likely safe if entrusted to a stranger;
one who knows no English will further lessen danger.
Secrets may be sweet, too delicious not to share.
To savor them together might double tempting fare.
Don’t hide a guilty secret no other person knows;
like mold behind a ceiling, a spreading fester shows.
Revealing every secret, a link to each regret,
will drain away a soul to an empty fishing net.
“Three may keep a secret if two of them are dead.”
(But more about the bodies, Ben Franklin never said.)

by Barbara Lydecker Crane

Editor’s Note: This clever poem uses rhyme and meter to effortlessly lull the reader with amusing advice right up until the killer last line.


2 responses to “Secret Adages by Barbara Lydecker Crane”

  1. Janice D. Soderling Avatar
    Janice D. Soderling

    Good one, Barbara!

  2. cranequilts Avatar

    Thank you, Christine!! This totally makes my day. It’s my #200 poem published in a journal. Wooohooo🎉👍! Barb

    Sent from my iPhone


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