Treasure Island

Liilia Talts Morrison

(August 20,1937 / Estonia)

No More Secrets


Time came when hidden knots
dark secrets clogged in clots
arose from rotting cots
revealing feudal plots

time's fingers reached that cave
untangling strings of twine
unraveled whispered lies
lay bare the iron vise
snapped loose old musty chains
turned dust to muddy veins
as rose the tide of years

time stomped on covert schemes
as pus of feuds poured forth
in streams like bloody veins
too stark to dwell in dreams

time's waters wore the flint
and rock of stubborn pride
till all the traps were sprung
as friends and strangers met
on deserts 'neath bare skies

as sun's last rays died down
all stood upon the strand
no longer clothed in fame
or poverty's gray robes

that's when the candle burned
the chaff of falsehood's clothes
and there they stood unshod
unsung, undone by fate.

Submitted: Saturday, March 22, 2014
Edited: Monday, March 24, 2014

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