Sabbath – a poem by Keren Dibbens-Wyatt


Today I sit under a torrent of silence 
outrageous and deep, as though 
all the space between all the words I ever wrote 
are come back to visit me. It is not a haunting 
but a blessing. The spaces, like the words, retain life. 
They tell me without speaking 
how they mean to hold things in place, maintain the boundaries 
and not allow the colours of thought to muddy or bleed 
into the wrong lines. 
They will fast between the feasting of semantics 
adding yet more of their own 
 – in the right place – 
a breath can say so much more than sound 
and a pause be as eloquent 
as a myriad of syllables 
I welcome each rest  
with open blankness 
this sabbath day. 

Keren Dibbens-Wyatt is a chronically ill writer and artist with a passion for poetry, mysticism, story and colour. Her writing features regularly on spiritual blogs and in literary journals. Her latest book is Recital of Love (Paraclete Press, 2020). Keren lives in South East England. 

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