Christmas is coming!
Grins and secrets everywhere
(–they’re older, will they stumble
on our hidey-hole this year?)
Sometimes secrets burden – will I
when I’m tired, teased or questioned –
eyes betray what lips conceal?
Secured vault with files encrypted
– protection by a pass-phrase long –
foolish hackers delve to steal it
– are precautions iron-strong?
Sometimes secrets need exposing,
others best forgotten, lost –
who has knowledge, wisdom, mercy
to make judgements on the past?