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
the little sucked-in breath of air
hiding everywhere
beneath your words.

No one sees
the fuel that feeds you.

Analysis, meaning and summary of Naomi Shihab Nye's poem Hidden


  1. Shashira says:

    I really enjoyed your poem. It touched my heart. Wish you all the best

  2. umm i'm a kid says:

    hi thanks so much serious i have to do soem report on one of your poems anyways i gtg bye ttyl k

  3. R.Premanandan says:

    It has really touched my heart. In this universe every thing is absorbed in different forms and the time is the great taker. Everything is perishable and the Time is the great master.Yours is a great work of an original mind … keep writing …..

  4. Farooq says:

    The poem marvellously presents pains of silence . The excitement only those who loved and lost may know . . .
    where as the lovers kept at heart the pangs of love , the poet brought it to the tongue , yet failed to vent out , but only to sigh

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