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.

New Book:

A Blooming by Jude Neale

To be published in London by SPM in 2018. Find out more


New Book:

Cantata in Two Voices

by Jude Neale and Bonnie Nish
To be published in 2018. Find out more.


Jude Reads Her Poetry

Hear Jude’s new poems Wildberry and Places Beyond

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

Splendid in its Silence

Launched in London on April 8th 2017
The book was published and launched by Sentinel Poetry Movement publishing. On Bowen Island, BC, books are available for sale at Phoenix and other independent book stores. Jude had a big Bowen Island Launch in May 2017.


Jude Neale wins SPM Book Prize

for her book Splendid in its Silence


In describing the 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 was presented in spring 2017 in London. Read their full review.