What will keep you from telling it to everyone.
What will prevent you from perpetual disclosure: shame or privacy—words or the
sense that once said you cannot snatch the story back.
What you say will disseminate and break.
It will split out into the ether outlasting matter—ignoring teller—resisting
order—beyond reason—escaping even your own hold on the subject.
It will not fit into history.
You cannot keep yourself from speaking.
Click here to read Caryl Pagel on the origin of the poem.