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WHAT SECRETS DO YOU HIDE

 

Old house, what secrets do you hide

From dramas that took place inside?

 

There were births, deaths, and marriages

Within your structured frame,

Played out as fate would have it

In life’s exciting game.

 

Your walls shared joys and heartaches

As befits a house of years.

You heard melodies of laughter

And the anguish of tears.

 

You witnessed four generations

Descend from just two names,

With privy to their heritage

And to their growing pains.

 

What stories you could tell me now,

If it were not a task

That intellect would ridicule,

Though still I muse and ask – –

 

Old house, what secrets do you hide

From dramas that took place inside?

 

10/15/96          Phyllis DeWitt VanVleck

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             RELEASE

 

Those tears I tried so hard to hide,

Prepare themselves to be cried.

And, oh, I wish so fervently,

Their cause had never come to be.

They say it heals to shed one’s tears.

I have not found it so in years,

But now I cry those tears held in,

And cleanse my mind as they begin.

 

3/10/96         Phyllis DeWitt-VanVleck

 

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