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"It Is Not a Word"

It is not a word spoken,
Few words are said;
Nor even a look of the eyes
Nor a bend of the head,

But only a hush of the heart
That has too much to keep,
Only memories waking
That sleep so light a sleep.

Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002


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  • Katelin Taylor (4/10/2014 12:55:00 PM)

    But only a hush of the heart that has too much to keep
    Amazing lines! May write a poem off of these.

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  • * Sunprincess * (3/19/2014 11:08:00 AM)

    .........my favourite stanza..
    But only a hush of the heart
    That has too much to keep,
    Only memories waking
    That sleep so light a sleep.

  • Naveed Khalid (1/6/2014 3:45:00 AM)

    No sinless word hath e'er corrupted the tongue, that by mere philosophizing, bespeaks of the mind in her most exulted state.

  • Sagar Shelar (2/11/2012 5:31:00 AM)

    Really heart's close poem.

  • Manonton Dalan (2/11/2012 3:39:00 AM)

    i'm left with admiration

  • Joseph Poewhit (2/11/2010 8:06:00 AM)

    The heart like a closet, can get over filled. This seems to be the theme of the poem.

  • Augustus Egg (2/11/2010 7:58:00 AM)

    I must admit i click on here as much to read Mr Straw’s comments....frequently very entertaining,

  • Kevin Straw (2/11/2010 5:38:00 AM)

    Why are we getting the same poem twice in so short a time? This poem was commented on on 2/11/2009. There are thousands of poems by recognised poets.

  • Terence George Craddock (2/11/2010 4:13:00 AM)

    'It is not a word spoken,
    Few words are said; ' The question is which word is not spoken? Is it love as most comments here assume, or regret, denial, shame or Lindsey? The taboo and refusal to address the consequences of this one word is absolute in this poem.
    'Nor even a look of the eyes
    Nor a bend of the head, ...' Sarah Teasdale fell in love with the famous poet Vachel Lindsey, he wrote her daily love letters, but she married a rich businessman, the next year. Why? Family pressure or money. They remain friends until Lindsey commits suicide two years before Sarah does. A sad story and a beautiful poem.

  • Indira Renganathan (2/11/2010 1:40:00 AM)

    'But only a hush of the heart
    That has too much to keep', ...lovely loving words from the hush of the heart....
    Said in a gentle genuine way with the depth of the content in tact..
    Simple yet excellent

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