The Secrets of All Ages

Some say refrain
from gazing at
this monumental
cryptic box

ignore the rusted
chains and locks

resist from prying
off its lid

and neither speak
the names inscribed

nor study numbers
on the sides

- at all costs
keep the mystery.

But you must look
prevail to free
these secrets known
as history.

The Secrets of All Ages © Copyright 2021, Robert J. Tiess.

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Submitted: July 3, 2020