Poem: SPLENDID IN ITS SILENCE

Only when I’m quiet and do not speak
can I hear your breath
slide from parted lips.

I want to kiss you
the way I used to,
pressed against your chest.

I’m afraid to steal what is not mine-
probably never was.

Take bread away from me if you wish,
I’m full of yesterday’s laughter.

The spin of your voice,
the light touch of your hand on mine.

You are my reason
for fullness.

I groan with my need to carry you

in marsh and meadow, you comfort me.
My love, splendid in its silence

splits me in two.

Jude Neale wins SPM Book Prize

for her book Splendid in its Silence
In describing work the jury says "This is brave and bold writing: the technique always rising to meet the demands of the poem’s multifarious and far-reaching concerns." It will be presented this spring in London. Read their full review.

Jude's next poetry collection

Splendid in its Silence

Launches in London on April 8th
The book is being published and launched by Sentinel Poetry Movement publishing. On Bowen Island, BC, books will be available for sale at Phoenix and other independent book stores. Jude will have a big Bowen Island Launch in May 2017.


Jude Reads Her Poetry

Hear Jude’s new poems Wildberry and Places Beyond

Accompanied by composer Thomas Beckman. (See audio player above.)