Denise Levertov

(24 October 1923 – 20 December 1997 / Ilford, Essex)

The Secret - Poem by Denise Levertov

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.


Comments about The Secret by Denise Levertov

  • Rajnish Manga (7/2/2017 1:38:00 AM)


    This may look strange but to me it is very obvious. During the course of life we are fascinated by so many things, including a poem or its lines, but they may move into oblivion over a period of time. Life is like that. Thanks. (Report) Reply

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  • Leslie Sharp (9/10/2014 8:00:00 AM)


    Finding the treasures of life, discovering what are purpose is in life! When it all boils down to our souls, I believe
    the world is in us because all life experiences is what the world is, without them in our souls, spirits there
    would only be a living organism like a leaf, but we are all one with the leaf and world. So how would this be? That is the secret.
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  • (4/11/2009 8:01:00 PM)


    One of my favorite poems - and an experience I've had with a friend just like this... (Report) Reply

  • (1/25/2009 9:11:00 PM)


    :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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