The Space Between Words

did you hear that

did you hear a sound

it’s unlikely you did

since there was silence

right there

in between the words

falling among phrases

the pause separating

the chosen sentences

there is a meaning there

it’s often not what’s said

it’s the space between

the words

did you hear that

it’s there

right there

there’s meaning in

those spaces


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I've written off and on my entire life. It took years for me to finally take putting words together seriously. Now it's not, nor does it ever feel, like work. Writing daily has become habitual. No day is complete without words having appeared on the page.

Posted on April 4, 2016, in Poetry, Uncategorized and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 31 Comments.

  1. Ah, goodness. I love those spaces.

  2. Absolutely, that’s where the real meaning lies! Well written! BTW, Indian philosophical/ spiritual texts have often spoken about this, if you’re so inclined. Have a great week, John!

  3. Nicely spaced out for us… 🙂

  4. Very well said. So much is said without using words. And so much is misunderstood.

  5. Silence and in-between and spaces can be profound. If one is listening.

  6. Superb… The beauty of silence cannot be enjoyed and appreciated by all.. And when mutually relished .. Oh boy … Words never less needed..

  7. Reblogged this on AlleyVision and commented:

  8. Beautifully crafted! Read it once, twice, thrice . . .

  9. Sound of silence
    Spaces between words
    Hidden meaning
    By connoisseur

  10. always such a pleasure to indulge in your readings. Inspired by you always

  11. Very insightful! But too many people don’tleave any spaces between theirspokenwords they justmumble onandonandon

  12. jannaruusuvuori

    The expanse of vibration between words of prose woven like spacetime embracing worlds as they dance in an endless vortex.

  13. Yes they need a space.How thoughtful your poem’s theme is!

  14. Yes, have heard a lot of those silent words over the years. know exactly how it sounds 😦 Sometimes spoken words are nicer..

  15. Sometimes, the unsaid communicates more than audible speech. The thoughts within the spaces aren’t expressed.

  16. Yes! And isn’t it the spaces between that make up so much? Lovely. 🙂

  17. It’s not those mean blacks, it’s the perfect whites.

  18. I just love those spaces, the more the merrier!

  19. Miles Davis once spoke about the importance of using space well. This is a beautiful use of space. Thank you for sharing. ✨

  20. more spaces please.. love your work. 🙂

  21. wwwpalfitness

    Reblogged this on wwwpalfitness.

  22. Excellent poem… I could not avoid thinking of this song which I truly like… I hope that you do too. All my best wishes. Aquileana 🙂

  23. Ah yes, the silence
    With all its traces.. 🙂

  24. I love this!! So true 🙂 I have missed your writing, my “reader” doesn’t show me the people I follow much anymore, don’t know how to fix it so I’ll just have to go looking for you more often! Michelle

  25. Took a while to fully comprehend your full meaning here. Hurry back, this space has turned into a void…………

  26. I cant find you in my reader i have to go check on your post thru my stat

  27. A really interesting piece! I hope that you’re keeping well and still writing! 😊

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