The Quiver March 2022 Poetical Challenge - Winner

The Healing Point

in the moment between
speech and thought,
the space between words
spoken and those heard,
there comes a moment –
clarity –
in a lifetime of apology
when the reality
is scratched hard
for everyone to see

scorn hammered derision
pulled taut around throat
fists circling eyes
smash lips into smiles

a moment in a pause in a glimpse in a time
a point between now and then,
the space between why and when,
the question not
to be or not to be
but how to be who you want to be

Jan Sargeant Jan Sargeant of West Yorkshire, England, has written and published poetry for over 40 years, alongside a number of research ...more