Do you know my secret.

Did I tell you last night,

Were you listening to my dreams,

Were you hiding out of sight?


Do you look to find my secret,

Reading letters, reading notes,

Picking up sometimes on phone calls,

Opening books to see what I wrote?


Do you really want to know my secret,

Will it answer all your questions,

Take away your mass of worries?

Or maybe, you could ask for my suggestions.


Do you ever think to ask me about my secret,

Being honest and forthright,

With no lies or hidden feelings?

Only then will my secret come to light.

~ Jessica McCloskey, Age 16, from “Things I have to tell you ~ Poems and writings by teenage girls