Favorite Poem – Secrets

I have used this poem by Naomi Shihab Nye as a Quickwrite more times than I can count.



One suitcase

only for secrets–

tucked in the pouch pocket,

pressed in the corners,

one light and liquid suitcase,

one glittering suitcase

filled with tiny

unspoken tales.


And I will carry it

to the other side of the ocean.

I will carry it

so no one knows

what I hold.

Because its cargo

is more precious than socks

or pajamas.

Because a secret is a ticket

and without it

the trip would be

too lonely.


The line that always pops for me is “because a secret is a ticket” – I always think of nice secrets with this poem – ones that are surprise parties, trips, or presents. The secrets that lead you to pleasant feelings. The things that are endearing, not secrets that are hurtful.

It is a short poem and approachable for people who don’t know they love poetry yet – adults and children included.

I may quickwrite with this poem again today just for fun! I love to give myself writing assignments.


3 thoughts on “Favorite Poem – Secrets

  1. This is a fabulous poem! I am ashamed to admit I’ve never read it before now. Thank you for sharing it. The line about “socks” and “pajamas” must make it feel so accessible to children.

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