silence

This week’s poem in the Catholic Poetry Room is by Tony Solomon.                                                                                                                                                                                   
silence

In the silence between the dipping
Of a morsel of bread, and
A taking
—a heart turns to darkness

In the silence between the giving
Of a kiss, and
A command
—a betrayal of all that is good

In the silence between the drawing
Of swords, and
A scattering
—a giving up of hope

In the silence between the accusation
Of, You too were with him, and
A denial
—a glance across a courtyard

In the Praetorium, between the question:
What is truth? and
A departure
An unbearable feeling of sorrow
—the silence.


Tony Solomon converted to Catholicism after twenty-five years as a Baptist. He co-owns Heyford Books, in Northamptonshire, England, and has a renewed interest in T S Eliot.


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Tim Bete, ICL Poetry Curator To submit poetry to be considered for the Catholic Poetry Room, visit our submission guidelines page or CatholicPoetry.org.


Tim Bete is Poetry Editor for IntegratedCatholicLife.org and always searching for the best Catholic poetry from today's poets as well as those of the past.

Tim's poetry has appeared in Presence: A Journal of Catholic Poetry, The Asketerion, and the Poet and Contemplative Blog of the Discalced Carmelite Friars (Province of St. Therese). His first book of poetry is The Raw Stillness of Heaven, of which one reviewer wrote, “If you are Catholic and think that you do not like poetry, this book will change your mind.”

Tim is former director of the national writers' workshop at the University of Dayton—a Catholic, Marianist university. He's a member of the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites (OCDS) and often trades poems with his oldest daughter, who is a Dominican Sister. He says she's the best writer in the family.

Tim's writing has also appeared in several editions of the Amazing Grace anthology series (Ascension Press), theChristian Science Monitor, Writer's Digest magazine, and numerous parenting magazines. His latest book is Wanderings of an Ordinary Pilgrim

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