Naomi Shihab Nye

(12 March 1952 / St. Louis, Missouri)

Hidden - Poem by Naomi Shihab Nye

If you place a fern
under a stone
the next day it will be
nearly invisible
as if the stone has
swallowed it.

If you tuck the name of a loved one
under your tongue too long
without speaking it
it becomes blood
sigh
the little sucked-in breath of air
hiding everywhere
beneath your words.

No one sees
the fuel that feeds you.


Submitted by R. Joyce Heon


Comments about Hidden by Naomi Shihab Nye

  • Dr.tony Brahmin (4/28/2018 1:44:00 AM)


    No one sees
    the fuel that feeds you.so true... thank u. tony
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  • (6/25/2017 11:25:00 AM)


    A cute beautiful poem. Body and soul are entwined by language. A miracle is found. Amazing. (Report) Reply

  • (6/13/2017 10:48:00 PM)


    A beautiful poem. I liked it. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (6/13/2017 2:15:00 PM)


    Of a loved one! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Anil Kumar Panda (6/13/2017 7:34:00 AM)


    Beautifully done. It is very hard to hide love. It comes its own at the right moment. Expressed with clever wordplay this is a nice poem.10+++ (Report) Reply

  • (6/13/2017 7:24:00 AM)


    Intriguing poem, so are many sweet things encountered in life. (Report) Reply

  • Bharati Nayak (6/13/2017 5:14:00 AM)


    If you tuck the name of a loved one
    under your tongue too long
    without speaking it
    it becomes blood
    sigh
    the little sucked-in breath of air
    hiding everywhere
    beneath your words.- - - -Love is such a powerful emotion that one can not keep it secret for too long.If it is suppressed, it consumes you more.An amazing poem ! !
    (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (6/13/2017 1:38:00 AM)


    Such an interesting poem.... thanks for posting.... (Report) Reply

  • Kendell Cochrane (2/16/2017 4:41:00 PM)


    :) (Report) Reply

  • Kelly Kurt (4/7/2015 7:32:00 PM)


    I am speechless! (Report) Reply

  • (10/13/2009 10:30:00 AM)


    it is a very true poem. 'Let the world know what you stand for, what you love, ' as I always say (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003



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