The Futility of Mental Flogging

imaginarygarden In Other Words  Imagined By
I have chosen The Year of Living Dangerously by Peter Weir.

A Found Poem from:

“The most important things are the hardest to say. They are the things you get ashamed of, because words diminish them words shrink things that seemed limitless when they were in your head to no more than living size when they’re brought out. But it’s more than that, isn’t it? The most important things lie too close to wherever your secret heart is buried, like landmarks to a treasure your enemies would love to steal away. And you may make revelations that cost you dearly only to have people look at you in a funny way, not understanding what you’ve said at all, or why you thought it was so important that you almost cried while you were saying it. That’s the worst, I think. When the secret stays locked within not for want of a teller but for want of an understanding ear.”
Stephen King, Different Seasons


The hardest words
diminish – shrink
in your head.
Buried like landmarks.
Funny why it was so important.
You cried
the secret stays
locked within.



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9 responses to “The Futility of Mental Flogging

  1. A found poem from Stephen King? Oh, YES PLEASE.

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  2. I agree, this is wonderful Debi 😀


  3. This is superb 🙂


  4. What a wonderful place to find a poem and a lovely one at that!


  5. Rosemary Nissen-Wade

    Very nicely done!


  6. I really love found poetry… especially when it doesn’t seem like it.


  7. Kerry O'Connor

    That title is just excellent (I’m sure many of us can relate) and the poem you found is inspired. Really good work with the words.

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  8. Oh yes…sometimes tears are the only way to let out secrets too big for words…but so prominent they’re like landmarks buried within. Powerful indeed, Debi.

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