Digital Sketch of a young man at rest based on a video still

I Will Tell You These Secrets

Your touch

is a



and when

we touch

my heart

beats within

your chest.

I think of you

each morning,

I look for you

each night,

I remember

your embrace

and savor the

memory of my


How can I express

the power

of my gratitude?

To hold you,

to know that

I am safe,

sheltered from

the pain

of these





I look into

your eyes

and see

that you are



I can never

repay you

for the wonder

you bring,

but I can tell

you these secrets:

you kiss my lips and open my heart

you touch me and awaken my body

you gaze into my eyes and heal

my soul,

and when you hold me,

I am complete.


(c) Rob Goldstein 2015-2019


I first posted ‘I Will Tell You These Secrets in August 2016 as an experiment in
the use of VR and video to stage a performance.Β  As I review the video I can
see what works but I think it lacks maturity.

I’ve revised the poem and re-posted it because it is a heartfelt expression of
love and gratitude.

In the interests of transparency I’ve left the video as part of the post.

What do you think?



If you celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope yours is warm and safe.

Rob Goldstein

80 thoughts on “I Will Tell You These Secrets

  1. Rob, this is perfectly, purely beautiful. I don’t think it is lacking in anything.
    “you gaze into my eyes and heal my soul” nothing could be more lovely.
    I’m grateful to a universe that has let us become friends.
    It’s a relief to know you’ve gotten some rain, and so some improvement in the air. I hope you’ve had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Hugs on the wing!

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  2. The love in your soul is portrayed beautifully in these words, Rob. You are a special person and I give thanks to have met you (even if it is virtual)
    Happy Thanksgiving, my friend ❀

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  3. Rob that was extraordinary beautiful, I feel you are too self critical.. I felt the sincerity of your words.. I loved the video my friend.. LOVE is all there is… And you expressed it perfectly.. ❀

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      1. I can imagine that vividly. Since you explained your situation so well I see how challenging it is to share “you” with others instead of being one combined you. What amazes me is that you have the overview and recognize who is who. I think that is what makes it easier for you than for others because you understand!


    1. Thank you. I’m glad you commented on my voice…I was worried about the quality of the sound — I used to give readings and performances when I was in my thirties…so, this is one of the first performances I’ve given in over two decades.

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      1. Oh I’m glad. My husband told me this morning he thought it was disturbing: the white man and all his money funding a frivolous and tawdry adventure for people requiring more basic forms of support — and I get that. But I saw it more like this: a sort of odd guy has come across some money (I don’t think rich people flash around wads of cash like that) and doesn’t know what to do with it so he sets out to do some good, if misguided, thing with it. But it’s a “good” shaped out of his own experience of life, which maybe one can only imagine. I do think it’s kind of beautiful.

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      2. I like your interpretation.

        I long ago noticed that people form ‘working class’ backgrounds are more inclined to share food and possessions than people born to money.

        I don’t know if this is still true…

        Among the many good qualities about the U.S. that forty+ years of conservative propaganda and rule has destroyed is the idea of ‘dignified’ poverty; poor people who buy into the social contract, work hard, and struggle to create a better life for their children.

        These were the people who joined up with the Civil Rights Movement organized by MLK. They wore white shirts and ties to demonstrate that what they wanted was their place at the table; not the destruction of the table.

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      3. Interesting. Thank you. I wonder about the “idea” of dignified poverty, though, especially when I consider the causes. In any case, do you think people from “working class” backgrounds are also more inclined to talk openly about their personal lives? I think I noticed this when I was younger but have seen it change in the course of my own life. To each his or her own I guess, but I have always thought being more open rather than less is probably healthier, That said, I don’t use my real name in my blog — for pretty uninteresting (guessable) reasons.

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      4. I understand why you wonder about dignified poverty. I don’t know that people from working class backgrounds are more inclined to talk about their personal live; I just think they do it differently. When you look at literature you see plenty of upper class self-disclosure, it’s less directly self referential…


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