You can not have a conversation and
avoid the necessity of a pause.
The silence takes the mouth under a hand
for whatever reason, some unfathomed cause.
Do not fear the silence after you speak;
it’s not a ragged void, or stony wall.
Accept the silent moments as they sneak
into your conversations when they shall.
Try to love this time for what it is.
Don’t spend it groping wildly in space.
It’s a moment for reflection, not a quiz,
and not a time to overlook in haste.
It might not have meaning, but it has might,
a poetry, a purpose, and a right.
by Raygan, 11th grade
(photo by Owen via flickr)