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Confessions & Secrets

Poetry is the heart of literature. A story is fine, a poem reaches the soul quickly eliciting raw emotion, and a Poem that is story Rules!

Being part of a peer group has its advantages, I suppose. The biggest of the advantages I can imagine is having people to whom to account. See, COVID-19 has destroyed the positive peer group I pretended to be a part of... wait. That wasn't the secret or a confession I intended to divulge.

Since COVID-19 related lockdowns and social distancing started, I've curled up into a comfy little cove of 'ME.' That's the confession. I was already leaning toward being selfish. This COVID business made it easy to give in to the natural proclivity within.

One indulgence that has taken me by surprise, almost to an alarming rate, is the new download I put on my Nintendo Switch, Civilizations VI. I LOVE this game to the point where, if my body would allow, I would play without stopping! My wife would not allow it, but I could find a way to get around that! I don't think I would survive the thrashing, but that game's lure is nearly worth my tempting the sanctity of my marriage!

That is the confession. It was a secret, but now I have posted it for the world to judge if it so chooses. It also means I will have to put the game away. It only brings temporary distraction and ultimately is a waste of time doing nothing. that's also a confession, but not a secret.



Since COVID-19 related lockdowns and social distancing started, I've curled up into a comfy little cove of 'ME.'

Word Prompt Week 31 = SECRETS

The title of this article goes in line with the word prompt given by Brenda Arledge to us writers to use in the creation of poems or stories. After reading her article linked at the end of this one, I wondered how to approach this word, Secrets. There are several ways to put it out there, but the contributions below reflect what comes to mind. Secrets come with confessions because something always comes out, secrets!

I thought of the definition of secret, to hide, to keep undetected, to conceal.

Secret Assassin

Slowly it leaks into the room.
Everyone slumbers, not knowing the danger as it does.
Casted night shadows loom as the gas disperses through the air, none aware.
Robbing life as it goes, the very molecules destressing the lungs!
Easy now, the breath leaves the lips filling with carbon dioxide.
Tearful sobs of neighbors and friends days later find the results.
Stolen lives and love by a silent killer.


Secrete and secret have a similar sound and many of us mix it up at times. I know I had to check myself with a quick online search because I convinced myself that secrete and secret both spelled S*E*C*R*E*T!

With that in mind, I thought of the definition of secret, to hide, to keep undetected, to conceal. Carbon monoxide poisoning is the master of secrets because it does not make itself known unless death is close unless there is a detector in the house, which most houses do not have.

I know, a macabre literary tickle with the word prompt. Update or get a co detector. Go to the following link for more information about carbon monoxide poisoning and prevention:

  • Carbon Monoxide (CO) Poisoning Prevention | NCEH | CDC
    Every year, at least 430 people die in the U. S. from accidental CO poisoning. Approximately 50,000 people in the U.S. visit the emergency department each year due to accidental CO poisoning. There are steps you can take to help protect yourself and

Secret, to hide, to keep undetected, to conceal...


Bright smile! Happy face! This all seems to be a rat's maze of a life to live, but I want to live, so run the race I shall.

A bunch of stallions in a cage is what it feels like. Every man strutting around like wild animals contained in the pageantry of it all!

I keep on strutting, square jaw, blue eyes, blond hair, athletic physique. Yes, physically I am a specimen before which to fall.

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Shh, though. Mustn't let anybody know I think of myself that way or I won't get the part.

Take off the shirt. Smile big, showing the teeth. Flex the muscles with no expression on the face. Come quickly you all!

Now show "sad" with muscles flexed. Now show "happy" with muscles flexed. Fresh meat for the stall!

Flex while being contemplative. Good job. Next! We'll take these three guys the right height, tall.

I've made it past the first round and into the next, but of course, I would. Keep smiling is all I have to do, keep them in the dark.

The other guys are shaking hands with intention, like this one with the firm grip and the intense attention in his eyes.

"Good luck," he says to me as if he wants me to win the part over him--like I can't do the same things he did, lies!

He's adorable but I'm what women in America want, confident, supportive, naturally handsome, strong, chipper, and willing to cry.

I make my face pop with allure, urging those attracted to fantasize. Shh, though. They mustn't know I do it on purpose. There's an art.

Down to him and me now. Symmetrically, I'm the best choice. I am taller, more muscular definition, less a child.

I feel sorry for him standing there as if it's his first time in the spotlight, unassured, mild.

Shh, don't tell anyone that I'm a shoo-in for this role. This lesser man could never play the part! That's wild.

Yes! I'm chosen! Loser man shakes my hand, I pretend to care. They tell me my role! Lucifer? Oh. But this is just the start!

It's a secret that they think I did not know I would get the part.

Shh. Don't tell because they like believing I am humble from the start.

Pretending to be grateful when I know I deserve it is an art.

Shh, though. It's a secret is all.




I watched a YouTube video of a young man doing feats of strength far beyond me now, thinking that he was a superhero for doing those feats. He worked for years honing his body and sculpting it to be a machine. As I watched him peacock his muscularity, advertise his skill to help me gain similar results, I thought of all the men who advertise themselves for parts in any leading role in the television or the movies. Most of the parts are for men who seem to be bodybuilders as well as actors. This man, Austin Durham, has the looks. The stress must be hard to make it so. The poem was born of that.

  • Word Prompts Help Creativity ~ Week 31
    Word Prompts Help Creativity ~ Week 31" is an article to help inspire our creativity. I choose a single word prompt encouaging others to write a poem, a short story, a song or any combination. The only requirement is to relax and have fun writing.

© 2021 Rodric Anthony


Rodric Anthony (author) from Surprise, Arizona on October 05, 2021:

Great minds and all, John. Great minds. I love your poems. Thanks for reading my rough ones. I am trying a hand at it again. Sorry for the late response, seven days later. I have been off of HubPages again. I had to repent and get one here if nothing but to thank you for reading and leaving a comment. It encourages me to write.

Rodric Anthony (author) from Surprise, Arizona on October 05, 2021:

Miebakagh, I'm glad to be able to entertain. The poem did not start off as carbon monoxide, but an actual killer in human form. I changed it as the words came to wrtie.

Rodric Anthony (author) from Surprise, Arizona on October 05, 2021:

Pamela, awe shucks. You gone and inflated my ego. I loved the word prompt for week 31. It took me a minute to come to terms with all the words swirling in my head. I had to be content with what I put to the screen and move on. I am sure there are more poems floating around for other poems or short stories.

Rodric Anthony (author) from Surprise, Arizona on October 05, 2021:

Vidya, thanks for reading. I appreciate you chiming in and sharing how you felt about the poems afterward. It motivates me.

Rodric Anthony (author) from Surprise, Arizona on October 05, 2021:

Bill, thanks for the encouragement. I am going to step up to that task! Recent health developments have caused me to fall into another writer's block! I discovered I have a food sensitivity to all my favorite foods! I decided today to push forward by finally responding to your comment and others. I have played the game less and less.

Rodric Anthony (author) from Surprise, Arizona on October 05, 2021:

Brenda, thanks for being the source of direction for my inspiration in these poems. I honestly believe they are a step in the right direction for my future contributions. I apologize it took seven days for me to respond. I appreciate a link to your article. Thank you again for providing a medium for our creativity.

Rodric Anthony (author) from Surprise, Arizona on October 05, 2021:

Peggy, thanks for reading and enjoying the poems. When I wrote them I hoped that they would garner some interest. My wife doesn't usually read articles online unless I point her to them. I won't be doing that this time.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on September 28, 2021:

Your confession is now out in public. I am sure your wife won't mind. Ha! I enjoyed reading your poems and will now look at actors with what you wrote in mind. Your poem about the pandemic is a good one.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on September 28, 2021:


I enjoyed reading that in this era of Covid you selfishly discovered a new way to drive your wife mad.

I'm sure you're not the only one & having a sense of humor helps lighten the mood.

"Secret Assassin" shows us the devastating effects a secret has on others when it is revealed.

I had never thought about it, but you're play on words using Carbon monoxide is a wonderful symbolism.

Carbon monoxide poisoning is the master of secrets because it does not make itself known unless death is close.

In your poem "Showman" you describe a man who is competing against others to get a part.

He believes from the beginning, he is the only logical choice.

He hides the fact the he knows he will be the winner as he acts out the part like he's in a movie scene.

He pretends to be humble, but he is rather arrogant.

He reminds me of a narcissist who plays secret games.

But you state this poem is spun from watching a video on bodybuilding on YouTube.

I love the humor you cast into your work.

Your idea on secrets in the acrostic poem is excellent.

You second one shows us how conceited a man can be.

He hides the fact that he knows he is the only winner.

Great writing.

I'll post a link in the word prompt article.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 28, 2021:

What a fun read, my friend. You outdid yourself in this response to the challenge. Now the goal is to outdo yourself again with the next article, and again, and again, and holy cow, that's a lot of pressure on a guy who just wants to sit quietly and play his game. :)

VIDYA D SAGAR on September 28, 2021:

A great response to Brenda's word prompt Rodric. I enjoyed reading the poems. A unique take on the word prompt 'Secrets'. The Acrostic poem is intriguing and the second poem gives us a glimpse into the psych of an actor. Thanks for sharing

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on September 28, 2021:

this article, and especially the poetry is outstanding, Rodric. This is a great response to Brenda's prompt, "secret".

You have given us a whole new take on this prompt, and using secrete really works. Well done!

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on September 28, 2021:

I like all the poems especially, that part which reveal carbon monoxide poisoning peoples secretly. It must be terrific when you're sleeping. Thanks for the good read.

John Hansen from Australia (Gondwana Land) on September 27, 2021:

An excellent response to Brenda's word prompt "secrets." I enjoyed your commentary and of course the poem, Rodric. You even used the same video as I did in my article 'One Republic' singing 'Secrets' so I can't knock your taste haha.

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