* The last and first lines of the first and third stanzas are based on the poem “Kyrie” by Tomas Transtromer as translated by Robert Hass.
What does it mean to “wait in silence”?
Is it something like the space between my question and this one?
Is it like listening to John Cage’s piano piece titled 4’3″?
Or like what I am attempting to express in this poem?
And in this one?
Or is it as subtle as the psalmist’s inspired insertion in Psalm 62:5?
Could it be that simple?
An almost-breathless pause before my suffocating soul inhales God’s saving hope?
Could it be only that?
Or else, my soul be silenced.
Or else, my soul, be silenced.