Secrets – #Senryu

heart shaped red neon signage

My heart beats so fast
What ignites this keen craving?
Your hidden secrets?

Let me uncover
The essence of your power
And relish in it.

By gaining your trust,
I become vulnerable,
Naked, and open.

My heart beats so fast.
What ignites this keen craving?
My spilled secrets?


I wrote this scandalous thing for the Valentine’s-Day ready Colleen Chesebro’s Tanka Tuesday #123. The synonym words are inย bold.ย  This is four senryu, and I’m not sure the repetition at the end is really allowed, but I thought it gave exactly the feeling I wanted it to.ย 

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14 thoughts on “Secrets – #Senryu

  1. Violet Lentz says:

    Why is it we must become vulnerable to feel worthy of love? Is it nature or nurture that has caused us to feel we must strip ourselves naked before the object of our affections can really see us? I wish I knew.Beautifully written HRR.

    • H.R.R. Gorman says:


      My theory is that we put up armor to keep ourselves safe, but that armor also prevents us from having love. I think our psyches aren’t dichroic enough to be able to distinguish between good and bad energies before it’s too late.

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