The hardship of a secret

it will be mine

till my death

pretending not to know

but always remembering it

partly proud

partly ashamed

mostly frightened

but not sorry

The friendship of a secret

you know mine

I know yours

is there any closer friendship

although we're far apart

and that's good

The temptation of a secret

it lies like a burden on me

me who always wanted to be true

but it would destroy more

than help

this time

The promise of a secret

I'll never have any secret anymore

this should be my last and only

the bitter-sweet memory


the fear to get discovered

Birgit Köhler


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