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Why Did I Keep It A Secret?

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Why Did I Keep It A Secret?

When I was five, I should have told my 
mom that one of my friends called her 
ugly. Maybe I would have 
stopped being overly 
sensitive at school 
if guys didn't 
look at me 
or like 

I never realized how much her
words hurt me when she first said them.
Remembering how I used
to treat her when we played
at school and made sure
others knew why
truly makes
it quite 

As we got older, I don't think she
even remembered saying it.
I included my closest
friends in a fight she was
oblivious of.
Telling her it 
hurt would have 
been the

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  1. Date: 2/9/2011 2:28:00 PM
    A nonet is not an easy work to write, but you did very well here with this submission.

  1. Date: 10/1/2010 6:11:00 AM
    Hush, Brandee, these experiences are the fires that forge the passion from which we write ... what was meant for evil God also made it a gift.

  1. Date: 9/30/2010 9:40:00 PM
    Sensitive, moving poem. Thank you for your kind words. Peace & Blessings Matthew Anish

  1. Date: 9/29/2010 10:13:00 AM
    This is heartbreaking, Brandee. When we look at people, we should see the beauty in their souls, not just the exterior. I had a friend who was very down on herself for a long time because she felt unattractive. In fact, she had a beautiful heart and I loved her dearly. Children are cruel. My parents did buy us many clothes and I couldn't "compete" with the girls when I went to a public high school until I learned to sew. You are one of my favorite poets, dear. Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 9/28/2010 5:04:00 PM
    Brandee u will need two more verses of Nonet in order to qualify for my contest.. this first verse is excellent.. please add two more ..thankxx for supporting my contest luv.

  1. Date: 9/24/2010 2:09:00 PM
    Enjoyed reading your work...I don't think that repeating what the child said would have been wise but that was some very rude and cruel words expressed from the child with the intend to hurt you and your family..Keep up the creative work..I was gladden that you stopped by and commented on my work...Sara

  1. Date: 9/23/2010 5:04:00 PM
    Very perfect creTIVE nonet , Brandee

  1. Date: 9/23/2010 3:45:00 PM
    those little words can scar a child for life. enjoyed reading your work!

  1. Date: 9/23/2010 1:26:00 PM
    Children can be so cruel, sounds like a comment to hurt not a factual statement. Excellent piece.