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.

Coming Events

Jude is launching her eighth book of poetry Impromptu! She'll be on a mini tour between now and June, when she begins her Poetry Residency at Joy Kogawa House. Admission is free for all events. She will be selling her new book and poetry CD.

Launch on Bowen Island at Collins Hall - Sunday, March 8 at Collins Hall - 4:00-5:30

Reading at The Writers Studio, Simon Fraser University - March 12

Reading at Cottage Bistro on Main St. in Vancouver - date and time TBA

Vancouver Launch at Murray Adaskin Studio, Vancouver - Saturday April 4 - 7:00-8:30

Readings in Nanaimo and Victoria later this spring - dates and times TBA


Jude Reads Her Poetry