A Villanelle Poem by L. K. Thayer


“What’s Kept Inside”

There is nothing left to hide
There is nothing more to tell
I unlock what’s kept inside

All those years that I lied
Down the stairs that I fell
There is nothing left to hide

Through the tears I brushed aside
Streaming down the wishing well
I unlock what’s kept inside

Why is it that I cried
My soul I would not sell
There is nothing left to hide

I did not become a bride
Roses I would never smell
I unlock what’s kept inside

All the things that I have tried
Now I refuse to dwell
There is nothing left to hide
I unlock what’s kept inside

L. K. Thayer

Photo by Sandra Carlson

© 2010

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12 comments

  1. paul mckay · November 7, 2010

    Healing, hard-won liberation well rendered, and I like the shattered-dream image of tears streaming down the wishing well. that stunning picture of you always puts me in mind of some classic movie star and as soon as I figure out who I’ll get back to you.

    • lkthayer · November 7, 2010

      Yes, please get back to me, thank you Paul! 🙂

  2. paul mckay · November 7, 2010

    You’re welcome. Class dismissed.

  3. Lordy · November 7, 2010

    So lyrical…I see your singer songwriter side as I read this fine gem Lisa darling.

    • lkthayer · November 7, 2010

      Thank you darling Hicks
      Now I see that too!!

  4. paolo · November 7, 2010

    lovely Villanelle Lisa!.there is nothing left to hide…wonderful! paolo

    • lkthayer · November 8, 2010

      Grazie Paolo GrazIe my friend!

  5. paul mckay · November 8, 2010

    Ingrid Bergman. It finally came to me! Don’t think many women can pull off sexy in a hat but look up all those promo pix of her wearing those great lids in flicks like casablanca and “Notorio” and so many others. Andy Warhol did her in a hat painting. Hats loved her and that hat loves you as much as you love that hat.

    • lkthayer · November 8, 2010

      I think my day was just made!! So kind, Thank you Paul 🙂

  6. Marcus · November 8, 2010

    You and this poem — gems “unlocked” from deep swirling nature. This is a precious poem — diamond cut — the jade face of a totem…immortal!

    Marcus

    • lkthayer · November 8, 2010

      Marcus, you are a doll, thanks so much!

  7. Angela · November 8, 2010

    Wow Lisa, your poem is so heartfelt and beautiful.

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