Where Secrets Are Art

Every Sunday I read PostSecret. (PostSecret is an ongoing community art project where people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a homemade postcard.) I have been a fan of it for many years. I used to save the ones that I really liked but computers crash and I’ve lost most of them. However, there’s one I saw a very, very long time ago which has always been stuck in my head. I find myself thinking of it often. Too often. I’ve looked for it but haven’t been able to find it again. I can only guess at its meaning. It gives me the impression of a lie told, of trust broken, of an unforgivable secret kept. But I haven’t been able to understand exactly what it meant or what the sender wanted to convey. That’s usually the case with the secrets posted there; many of them are open to interpretation. I don’t know why I cannot forget it. It was in the form of a poem written on the cover of a Dr. Seuss book, The Cat in the Hat. The sender, evidently, had kissed it with lipstick on. And the secret went,

And you’d never forgive me
If you were to know
What really did happen
That night two weeks ago.

I had made a promise
Of what I would not do
But I did it to him…
Then I did it to you.

All images here are from postsecret.com.


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