Thursday, April 2, 2015

Somniloquy (2015 APR PAD - Day 2)

photo by PSC / 2015

In the deeper recesses of every heart is a store of hoarded secrets.”  
– Christian Nestell Bovee, Intuitions and Summaries of Thought

“We dance round in a ring and suppose, but the secret sits in the middle and knows.” 
– Robert Frost, The Secret Sits


Our dreams are h(a)unted,
but not by those things
that go bump in the night –
ghosts and hobgoblins,
banshees, ogres and ghouls.
No, we stress over
the conceivable uncovering
of clandestine privacies;
are pestered by
the possible discovery
of covert li(v)es.
We fuss and fret
over secrets we keep,
and the rational fear
of talking
in our sleep.


The above poem is written in response to Robert Lee Brewer’s Poetic Asides APRIL PAD (Poem-A-Day) Challenge for Day 2 (a “secret” poem):  

Below are some additional links for Robert’s PAD Challenge:

NOTE:  In the spirit of the TIPS' suggestion #6 (Focus on writing first drafts) I’ve left my day 1 offering for another time.  It’s presently a very rough draft and a work-in-progress that I’m still intending to revisit & revise, so I won’t post it here in its current “half-naked” state.

Anyway, here’s a link to the Day 1 prompt and postings for Robert’s Poetic Asides PAD (Poem-A-Day) Challenge (a “resistance” poem):  


  1. Oh, wow!! This is potent...I love the use of parenthesis and your closing true indeed. Nice to see you're PADing again, Pamela! :)

    1. Ahhh... THANKS, Hannah! So glad you enjoyed it. Am going to try to make it through the whole month this time, but... we'll see.

  2. Yes, Wow! Love the quote, the way you use this prompt, the poem. Thanks for sharing this one, Pamela!

    1. Thank you, Nurit! Glad you stopped by!

  3. Love the way you played with the words and the entire feel and sentiment of the poem

  4. Your use of parentheses so enhanced this poem and brought it to a higher level. I'm glad you're back and look forward to seeing more of your lovely work.

    1. Thanks, Barbara! Your kind words made my day! :)

  5. You KNOW I love that "h(a)unted." :)

    1. LOL And how could I not think of YOU, De, when I fiddle with words in that particular way?? ;)