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(10 December 1830 – 15 May 1886 / Amherst / Massachusetts)

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A Secret told

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A Secret told—
Ceases to be a Secret—then—
A Secret—kept—
That—can appal but One—

Better of it—continual be afraid—
Than it—
And Whom you told it to—beside—

Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003


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  • Krishnakumar Chandrasekar Nair (1/10/2014 8:28:00 AM)

    Secrets untold
    Are no secrets to hold
    But to keep it in a fold
    Of a few is good I'm told

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  • Karen Sinclair (1/10/2014 4:04:00 AM)

    Such a clever piece displaying despair (I believe one of her other poems shared that deep secret with her notebook and eventually us) I love how the dashes become pauses yet also a suggestion in my mind that she is storing potential words and names she did not wish to share. A one bitten twice shy moment I think
    I adore her works...

  • Joseph Ojogba Daniel (1/10/2014 3:32:00 AM)

    the soul that is flooded with light has no dark spots... Why do we do things we tend to keep as secrets?

  • * Sunprincess * (1/10/2014 1:36:00 AM)

    .....I agree with Emily, it is better to keep a secret about yourself, than to give to someone else and let them have control over you...when friendships fail, secrets can be used against you!

  • LA SOMBRA (1/10/2012 12:12:00 PM)

    THIS POEM IS OF WHICH I CAN'T UNDERSTAND

  • CourtneyJae noggle (2/16/2010 9:55:00 AM)

    but keeping secrets could be bad..
    If they involved your friends around you..
    you should never keep secrets then..

  • Anthony Foster (1/10/2010 4:32:00 PM)

    A secret can be a responsibility,
    That tears at the fabric of the soul,
    Never to be revealed on pain of disloyalty,
    A burden hidden beneath like a shoal,
    Ready to cause shipwreck and grief.

  • Aira Olayvar (1/10/2010 7:13:00 AM)

    Your friend’s secrets to you might be entrusted, but once you disclose it, you dishonor not just the secret, not just a friend, but you yourself…

    Even how close are we to our friends, we must always keep ourselves our best of friend… to be furtive. In order to live freely and not by the hands of those who felt in-control over us just because they knew something from us.

  • Indira Renganathan (1/10/2010 3:31:00 AM)

    A secret...once told...no more a secret...yet a bothering secret....Emily Dickinson is great for ever

  • Ramesh T A (1/10/2010 2:14:00 AM)

    A thing of secret develops only suspicion always between two or more! No secret can ever remain a secret at all when it is once let out to anyone! That is the nature of secret!

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