birds in a barrel's mission is to release creative nonfiction into the wild.

40 Days & 40 Writes is its first project.

On Not Keeping Secrets

After verging on losing my life for
deceptions that were uttered all around—
about how he would hold me forever,
for instance—I swore an oath on the ground
to keep to truth telling or go to war
with any deceitful bent in my wound.

So I no longer contract to keep
secrets; they are a pitfall and a bane.
It is strange though no matter how I heap
on that factoid, how the unwashed again
and again, remain senselessly asleep.

Allow me to come one hundred percent clean:
Don't make me hear your secret, not one peep.

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