Hidden Poem by Naomi Shihab Nye

Hidden

Rating: 3.9


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 OF THE POEM
Sami Odermatt 13 October 2009

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

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Kelly Kurt 07 April 2015

I am speechless!

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Bernard F. Asuncion 13 June 2017

Such an interesting poem.... thanks for posting....

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Bharati Nayak 13 June 2017

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 ! !

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Kendell Cochrane 16 February 2017

:)

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Dr Dillip K Swain 25 October 2020

Superb! Pragmatic observation.... tersely expressed.... Appreciated.

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Keith Brown 01 May 2020

Great poem and message nice to recite as well as read I the confines of the mind kb

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Savita Tyagi 01 May 2020

This is so true for this age when vocal communication is so prized. So beautifully expressed.

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Paul Reed 29 January 2020

Deep and profound, and a pleasure to read

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Chinedu Dike 30 August 2019

Well expressed thoughts and feelings. An insight poem written with conviction.

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Naomi Shihab Nye

Naomi Shihab Nye

St. Louis, Missouri
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