Sharing: The Secret by Denise Levertov

I just wanted to share a poem that really got to me today. Enjoy!


The Secret

by Denise Levertov



Two girls discover

the secret of life

in a sudden line of



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



in other

happenings. And for

wanting to know it,



assuming there is

such a secret, yes,

for that,

most of all.


5 thoughts on “Sharing: The Secret by Denise Levertov

  1. A very interesting and thought-provoking poem and perfect for those of us hoping to inspire others with our words.
    Thanks for the like on my blog. I’m trying to get out more and share the love.

  2. A friend of mine, who was also my mentor, gave me a copy of this poem before he died. I’ve carried it with me for so long it has become tattered and torn. I finally had to retire it from my wallet simply because it was falling apart. Thank you for reminding me of it. It’s been a while since I last read it, and it still has the same meaning to me.

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