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"Still lie the sheltering snows, undimmed and white;
And reigns the winter's pregnant silence still;
No sign of spring, save that the catkins fill,
And willow stems grow daily red and bright.
These are days when ancients held a rite
Of expiation for the old year's ill,
And prayer to purify the new year's will."
Helen Hunt Jackson, A Calendar of Sonnet's: February
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The Secret

HeknerHekner Posts: 1,483 ✭✭✭✭✭
"Two girls discover
the secret of life
in a sudden line of
poetry.

I who don’t know the
secret wrote
the line. They
told me

(through a third person)
they had found it
but not what it was
not even

what line it was. No doubt
by now, more than a week
later, they have forgotten
the secret,

the line, the name of
the poem. I love them
for finding what
I can’t find,

and for loving me
for the line I wrote,
and for forgetting it
so that

a thousand times, till death
finds them, they may
discover it again, in other
lines

in other
happenings. And for
wanting to know it,
for

assuming there is
such a secret, yes,
for that
most of all.



Denise Levertov - “The Secret"

Comments

  • davud.avdavud.av Posts: 23 ✭✭
    No way, this poem is one of my semester exams questions... Don't like poems but it is very nice.
  • kindgnicekindgnice LEO Motivator!!! Posts: 7,335 mod
    I'm just wondering, what if you have a secret and someone for example your best friend tried to divulge it to others, what would you do?
  • sammanisammani Posts: 238 ✭✭
    @kindgnice,nothing can be done in this situations I think.cos the person who we believe has broken already our belief.ahh but we can do one thing.we can say that secret to others before she
  • mheredgemheredge Wordsmith Here and therePosts: 24,052 mod
    Of course the secret could be that there isn't any secret locked in the poem? Or am I just being dumb?
  • sammanisammani Posts: 238 ✭✭
    @kindgnice,nothing can be done in this situations I think.cos the person who we believe has broken already our belief. ahh but we can do one thing.we can say that secret to others before she/he .then it won`t a matter.
  • BubblyBubbly Nightingale Posts: 29,807 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    Lovely poem! Thanks for sharing it.
  • Shiny03Shiny03 Posts: 2,684 ✭✭✭✭
    Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May - Waterhouse 1909

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