It’s no secret that Stephen Dunn’s poem “A Secret Life” is a favorite of mine.
Why you need to have one
is not much more mysterious than
why you don’t say what you think
at the birth of an ugly baby.
A recent Newsweek article reveals Gabriel García Márquez’s secret muse and shares the following about the beloved author:
He told his biographer Gerald Martin “with the expression on his face of an undertaker determinedly closing a coffin lid back down, that ‘everyone has three lives: a public life, a private life and a secret life’.”
Maybe some things should remain a secret even after death. One’s secret life should die with them, no?