Secrets. We all have them.
I just learned on Q.I., the English comedy quizz show, that according to
psychological studies EVERYONE has five things they've never told
another living soul! How fascinating is that? (I wonder how true it is.)
What are yours, dear wordsmiths? Go on, tell! It's your prompt for today – for those who desire a prompt.
I'm not asking you for deep dark things which would be distressing to relive, or which might even get you into trouble. (Of course you never inhaled!) And I don't ask you to break any sacred promises about keeping other people's secrets.
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.
Like, what is your secret nickname for your cat? (Bubbaloo. I have no idea why!) Or, who did you have a huge, secret crush on in your teens? (Not so secret in my case. And not mine alone. Elvis, always Elvis. Well, also there was this boy at school....) Who do you have a secret crush on now? (Ooh, that's getting a bit nitty-gritty! Not telling.) What is your secret vice? (Several! Sweet-eating; reading Romance novels; buying ebooks....) Secret obsession? (Doctor Who. Writing poetry. Reading poetry. Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Hmmm, no, none of those obsessions is at all secret. I'd have to think about that. Maybe I don't have one.)
Secret revenge? Secret triumph? Secret disappointment? Secret dream? Secret wish? Secret fear? Secret plan? Secret mistake? Secret hiding place? Secret treasure? The secret way you make yourself brave? What you would secretly like to say to a particular person?
Maybe it's only secret in the sense that you haven't told anyone yet; not that you couldn't or wouldn't. Or perhaps you weren't planning to divulge it, but now you're tempted?
If you don't have a secret you care to share, feel free to make one up.
But either way, tell us a secret! I dare you. Whether fiction or fact, in verse or prose.
Or you could write on the subject of secrets in general.
If this prompt doesn't appeal, we'd love you to share something else – anything at all, old or new.
If you're giving us prose, please keep it within 369 words, excluding title.
Post the link to your blog. Visit each other's posts. Leave a comment here too, if so moved. (If you post early, maybe wander back later in the week to make sure you don't miss anything good.)
Next Friday, for those who would like a prompt, Magaly will invite
us to create poetry or prose inspired by a conversation we’ve overheard.
Whispering photo from Unsplash, by Annie Spratt