Friday, April 12, 2013

Poetry Friday: A Sudden Line of Poetry

So many ways to celebrate National Poetry Month! For the most complete compilation, visit Jama Rattigan's growing list of sites to visit.

I have especially enjoyed Irene Latham's Progressive Poem. Margaret Simon adds today's line. And Heidi Mordhort's 30 Days 30 Words. Each of these offerings embraces the simplicity and the creativity my heart is craving this April. 

My offering today is the perfect celebration of "a sudden line of poetry" with Denise Levertov.

Enjoy many more Poetry Friday offerings with our host today, Diane Mayr at Random Noodling.

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,

Read the rest here.


  1. Beautiful, Doraine, & the picture to go with it, too. I don't know this "secret" poem, so thank you!

  2. So nice, so nice, especially that first stanza!

  3. Lovely...what being young and wanting to know is all about.

  4. Dori,
    Read this and fell in love. Started to comment on which lines I liked the best, then realized I couldn't do that, because I totally love this whole poem. It's gorgeous! Thanks!

  5. I really enjoyed this poem as well. I have two young daughters, who always seem to be telling secrets (or wanting to know secrets!), so this poem and the image resonated with me a lot :)