Hidden Words

February 13, 2019

The best-hidden words

are the most sought for:

elusive phrases

hiding under tongues

and peering from eyes;

retreating to throats

and dancing through minds;

creatures so passionate

and yet so timid;

unwilling to leave

the safety of the heart

and strong enough to burn

the lips that conceal it.

Hungry ears

learned to starve,

and crippled lips

learned to rest,

each in humble acceptance

or bitter defeat.

Human hands

cling to safety

and rarely walk

the line of the brave

(despite, perhaps,

a wistful heart).

But, my dear,

courageous one,

these words you seek

are never lost,

simply scattered,

left for you to find

if you are only wise to look.

Thirsty ears

drink from them;

weakened lips

draw strength from them,

for the artful weapon of listening

is there for all to wield.

The human gift of hearing

and the tender grant of understanding,

woven together

by masterful hands,

streaming words

through ears and minds

just as sunlight seeps

between the treesβ€”

perhaps missing

each glittered beam,

but enough to catch

a glimpse of the source.

These words you seek

are speaking

through each prayer

lifted up for you;

they smile at you

in each tender eye

that meets again with yours.

They watch for you to see them

when they shout their hidden soul.

These words you seek existβ€”

they live and breathe and move.



they wish to be found.

They are the heartbeat

of every gentle touch.

In the whispers,

one learns to hear

I love you.


  1. Maya Wylie

    This is so pretty 😊

    • Cindy Green

      *smiles* Thank you, darling πŸ™‚

  2. Kate Flournoy

    Awwww… this is so sweet and wistful. <3

  3. Eden Anderson

    This is so beautiful! Love it. ❀️

    • Cindy Green

      Thanks for reading, Eden!

  4. Michaela

    Love it <3 Also, just curious…what type of poetry is this? Is it free verse? I don't know much about poetry, but I'm trying to learn more about the types that exist. Once again, beautiful job!

    • Catherine Roche

      Hi, I’m gonna jump in here. πŸ™‚ This poem would probably be classified as free verse because it has no definite structure, like syllable counts or rhyme schemes.

    • Cindy Green

      Hi, Michaela! Catherine’s spot on. πŸ™‚ Keep learning those styles, girl!

  5. Katherine Baker

    Cindy, this is lovely! I love how the words themselves seem to whisper as I read them. This is such a sweet reminder that we ARE heard even when we don’t know the words. It’s so lovely, and has so much packed into it! Thank you!

    • Cindy Green

      The depth you reach in your responses always blows me away, and is always much appreciated. <3 Thank you so much, Katherine!

  6. Mariposa Aristeo

    I know I say this every time, but I LOVE THIS POEM SO MUCH!!! 😍😍😍 I want to wrap it around me like a blanket.

    • Cindy Green

      *drapes poem around your shoulders* There πŸ˜€

  7. Sarah

    “for the artful weapon of listening

    is there for all to wield.”

    I have never thought about listening this way, but wow–you just blew my mind, girl! Love this poem and you so much!! Thanks for sharing your heart-words with us. πŸ˜‰

    • Cindy Green

      *grins* You make me smile so much, Sarah dear. Thank you πŸ™‚

  8. Sarah

    Hi Cindy, I loved your poem! And I found both encouragement and strength in it; so thank you.


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