The Pause by Jude Neale

Poem title: the Pause Poet Name: Jude Neale Poem begins: Bitterly the night comes, and we entwine around each other. We’re deep rooted trees, still strong in these currents of change and unfamiliarity. We bend toward each other. Quietly, quietly, a touch is given. The world shrinks to a whisper In the glorious moonlit silence we have been given. End of Poem. Credits: Copyright © Jude Neale Jude Neale is a Canadian poet, vocalist, spoken word performer and mentor, who publishes frequently in journals, anthologies, and e-zines. She has been shortlisted, highly commended, and a finalist for many national and international competitions, and has written ten books. Her book A Quiet Coming of Light, A Poetic Memoir (Leaf Press) was a finalist for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, which recognizes exemplary Canadian female poets. Splendid in its Silence, was a SPM Prize winner, and was published in the UK. A poem from this book was chosen by Britain’s Poet Laureate to ride around the Channel Islands on public transit for a year, and Jude was a featured reader at the Guernsey International Literary festival. Selected poems from this volume can be heard on Jude’s EP project Places Beyond, with violist/ composer Thomas R.L. Beckman. Jude and Bonnie Nish started an online collaboration which led them to co-write Cantata in Two Voices (Ekstasis Editions), in fifty challenging days. A Blooming (Ekstasis Editions), We Sing Ourselves Back, and Impromptu (Ekstasis Editions) followed, over the next 2 years. The River Answers, (Ekstasis Editions) was published in early 2021, and Inside the Pearl (Guernica Editions) was launched this fall.