Michael Shepherd

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0025 Between (2) - Poem by Michael Shepherd

Between each word, what happens in the mind?
what moves from hearing, seeing, through the worlds
of thought; emotion; both perhaps enjoined;
what depth of silent stillness may unfurl?

It's strange: as writer, when the words are set,
I find myself in some quite other place,
where writer, reader, hearer, truly meet;
like talk that's punctuated by deep peace.

For me, each comma, semi-colon, dash,
or bracket, or long colon's pause, or stop,
are moments when our minds may truly match;
communication perfect in that gap:

the punctuated moment, truth may find;
between each word, meet unity in mind.


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  • (8/7/2005 11:29:00 AM)

    Unlike Max, I have no trouble with 'between' since it is followed by 'each word.' I am wondering whether you need silent with stillness. Seems a bit redundant. I really like this poem because you kept it both technical and mystical...both places a poet needs to be. I love this poem because it expresses exactly what I think about when I write. Thanks.(Like a road map for the reader.)

    Raynette
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  • (8/7/2005 10:42:00 AM)

    Well, it's a timely reminder about the purpose of all this crafting that poets discuss.
    Can 'between' be used with ONE item? That's my only question.
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Poem Submitted: Sunday, August 7, 2005

Poem Edited: Tuesday, May 18, 2010


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