I’ve carried the secret with me
tucked between heartbreaks
It has sped down distant highways,
leaped dark ocean waves,
and hiked foreign mountain tops,
to my heart’s unhinged door.
Stashed so deeply
I forget it’s there.
attempted. I tried.
on time each day
make the pain go away.
until a smirk on a stranger’s face
sends tingles to my toes,
until I ache to share
a breath-stealing description
found nestled between yellowed pages.
beneath smiles and congratulations,
beneath friendship and hard places
– the depths of the sea
buried within me.
Stephie De los Santos