Silence – a poem by Janet Krauss


“...make a poem that does not disturb the silence from which it came.”
Wendell Berry

Silence creates a wide berth
for a poem to be born
and for a poem to leave
 a silence behind
ringing with meaning
and a choir of images,
a silence housed
in a temple or a church,
a silence bedded
in still waters
or reflected
in a child’s eyes
the first time she gazes
at  the  wavering flare
of a lit candle.

Janet Krauss, who has two books of poetry published, Borrowed Scenery, Yuganta Press, and Through the Trees of Autumn, Spartina Press, has recently retired from teaching English at Fairfield University. Her mission is to help and guide Bridgeport’s  young children through her teaching creative writing, leading book clubs and reading to and engaging a kindergarten class. As a poet, she co-directs the poetry program of the Black Rock Art Guild.

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