"It Is Not a Word"
by Sara Teasdale


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.



My Interpretation

Initially I felt that this poem was talking about the feelings of the heart and how they can't always be spoken and put into words. As I read it a second time I realized to some extent I was right. I saw that this poem was talking about the fact that it's not necessarily a word or motion that has to be said or done to show someone something. The heart is just as powerful and in some instances can be more so. The heart is also the place were memories are held. I think this is a good inspirational poem and can be uplifting for someone who has something bearing down on them that they don't want to share, but needs to be dealt with. I got a vision of a kid in the middle of a school, no one talking to them or making any moves of any kind.