The sound of a secret
is a whisper.

Even if it’s good news.
Even if no one else is around.

A secret needs quiet to be heard.

The space of a secret
is small.

Even if told in the open.
Even if spoken in a crowd.

A secret needs nearness to be shared.

The heart of a secret
is trust.

Even if there is history.
Even if there are only words on a screen.

A secret needs confidence to be experienced.


This is my command: Love one another the way I loved you.
This is the very best way to love. Put your life on the line for your friends.
You are my friends when you do the things I command you.
I’m no longer calling you servants because servants don’t understand what their master is thinking and planning.
No, I’ve named you friends because I’ve let you in on everything I’ve heard from the Father.

~John 15:12-15, The Message

  • Joy in this Journey

    These are some deep thoughts for early on a Monday! Not that this is a bad thing… I’m going to chew on this is all. :)

    • Alise Wright

      If it helps, they’re deep thoughts from Sunday night. I usually feel more spiritual then. ;)

  • Amber Lee Peace

    Enjoyed reading your poem :)

  • Shanda Sargent

    This was very timely for me to read. We’re healing from SO much over the past decade plus, and one of the struggles that keeps bubbling to the surface (I was actually struggling with this when I woke up this morning) is a about a friend who said she was a “vault” and ended up breaking my trust. I trusted her with my deepest places. :( The result of that is that I currently struggle with trusting others with the deeper parts of me. It’s not something I ever struggled with until I was betrayed, but your poem speaks of *HOPE* and reminds me that there are those in my life whom I can trust. I just need to knock the protective walls down. Being that trusted friend to others and to each other is a gift, and one of the greatest ways we can love is to be that “safe” place for one another. Thank you, Alise, for sharing, and thank you for bringing about another piece of healing for this broken, upside-down girl! <3