TRUTH OR SECRETS

TRUTH OR SECRETS

A Poem by Betty Hermelee
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another melodrama

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TRUTH OR SECRETS

 

After our evening tryst

He appears to be content with our intimacy

As I am

Apart from my distress over

His brief time to depart again

It does not seem to trouble him

That a long-distance disunion is upon us

 

His mood is notably divergent from mine

He speaks genuinely about

The war and his soldier friends

Well nigh as if he affixes with them

It prompts a kind of envy in me

As if his farewell is merely

A peck on the cheek

 

I, by contrast, behold it

As a heart-rendering event

A splitting of the souls

A moment of extreme setback

Despite that I simply cannot uncover

My true feelings to him

Or he will judge pitifully of me

He encourages me to be bold and courageous

As if to transform myself into a personage

Of a different visage

Which is a contrariety, and an absurdity.

 

Be that as it may

We spend the next two days frolicking

Like two teenagers, walking arm in arm

Kissing every three minutes

Trotting along, then a quick tryst on the grass

Laughing, tasting each other’s spices

It all resembles a fable

If it were only eternal

 

The moment arrives to say farewell again

I scantily slept the previous eve

My sentiments are locked up with a key to

My most inner being

One day, perhaps, in a letter

I will divulge my precise frame of mind

Take my chance that my soldier will swallow

The authentic me

 

 

 

 

 

 

© 2023 Betty Hermelee


Author's Note

Betty Hermelee
another in my series "AT BRIDGES END
thank you for reading!

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What turmoil the military spouse endures, waiting, fearing, raising children alone while their fathers or mothers play games of life and death with the enemy. The military sweetheart fares little better. It's a difficult thing to compete with, war. This is really great writing, I enjoyed.

Posted 1 Year Ago


Betty Hermelee

1 Year Ago

Thank you for thoughtful review FG, much appreciated!
Best, B
Interesting how the speaker and her soldier boyfriend see things from different vantage points. To her, there relationship is everything, while he seems to attach equal importance to his status as a warrior with comrades. At poem's end, she longs for a way to show him what it all meant to her. If he survives the war, its harshness may have caused him to rethink his priorities.

Posted 1 Year Ago


Betty Hermelee

1 Year Ago

keeping my fingers crossed for that ending! But we don't know quite yet...thank you for a lovely rev.. read more
very applicable read on today's anniversary of D day. captures the angst of long distance relationship perfectly. of which i know a great deal, as Muse and I conducted one for many years before finally deciding marriage and one bed was far preferable to 4-5 23 hr flights a year.

Posted 1 Year Ago


Betty Hermelee

1 Year Ago

agreed! but it doesn't apply to this piece...
Thank you Ken for your astute review! Much appr.. read more
I like this - a kind of War Poem from the other side - Excellent.

Posted 1 Year Ago


Betty Hermelee

1 Year Ago

Thank you for stopping by and reviewing my poem; this is one in a series starting with Bridges End.... read more
dearest Betty… Destiny is not always what we want it to be… I think of the Movie Casablanca where there was a destiny and a place she could not go; however, the Romance was genuine and cherished. Wishing you Peace and Roses that last forever more. tenderly, Pat

Posted 1 Year Ago


Betty Hermelee

1 Year Ago

Thank you dear Pat for your delicate words...let's hope their love is genuine.....truly
B
Such a moving portrayal of what goes on in a woman's heart, as the time of parting approaches. What feels devastating to her seems merely routine to her man. And here is where you have brilliantly shown the difference between how women love so differently from men. Women are so much more emotive, so much more expressive than men. A man may be breaking up from inside yet shall be loathe to show it as most men are brought up to be strong and not to cry. But I think he must be shattered inside just as much as his ladylove. He just expects her to be strong for him as he walks aways yet again, to lay down his life for his country. As he leaves, he prefers to live in the moment and steal every joy of love that he can, while he can. This is such a beautiful poem, dear Betty. I loved it! Thank you for sharing!

Posted 1 Year Ago


Betty Hermelee

1 Year Ago

Dearest Divya,,,, I like your review better than my poem…. You understand all the nuances of love .. read more
DIVYA

1 Year Ago

I loved reading this poem and enjoyed sharing my thoughts on it. You're most welcome always, dear B.. read more
Ma'am, why I feel so connected to your this kinda writing 🥺 ●_●
I'm so obsessed with this!!! 🥺

Posted 1 Year Ago


Betty Hermelee

1 Year Ago

Thank you Soyam, I’m so happy that you enjoy it.
A lovely review…
Best, B
I can see this whole thing so well in my minds eye. So beautifully described and such truth to it . As if we were there. Not saying which part I would play however. But it would be an act.

Posted 1 Year Ago


Betty Hermelee

1 Year Ago

Thank you so much Ken for your thoughtful review.
Best, B
A wonderful poem dear Betty.
"One day, perhaps, in a letter
I will divulge my precise frame of mind
Take my chance that my soldier will swallow
The authentic me"
I adored the above lines. I write today of things, once secrets hidden away. Time away from a memory. Make the memory less painful. I wonder dear friend. Can we find the hope of youth? Thank you for sharing the outstanding poetry.
Coyote

Posted 1 Year Ago


Betty Hermelee

1 Year Ago

Thank you dear John for a lovely review, much appreciated!
Best, B
Coyote Poetry

1 Year Ago

Was my pleasure and you are welcome Betty.
This reminded me of an age maybe pre or past Second World War One or two
When women dressed up in stockings and heels not in jeans with holes to meet their lovers or dates
It has an old fashioned feel of it
Loved it

Posted 1 Year Ago


Betty Hermelee

1 Year Ago

Thanks so much Julie, I appreciate your review.
Best, B

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My love of poetry results from my love of art. As a painter I am able to express myself on a canvas. As a poet my words come from my heart, my moods, sometimes sad, mostly upbeat. I like to use vivid .. more..

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