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The Secret

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,

Assuming there is
Such a secret, yes,
For that
Most of all.

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Poem The Secret - Denise Levertov