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Chana Bloch: Fortress


Silence is a strenuous language

but we have chosen it.

A shut door, a shrug,

stone upon stone.


The stones have a history.

They were pulled from the rubble

of an earlier weekend

when words were still in use.


After each skirmish we retreat

to warm ourselves at a silence.

And still it’s cold.

Let the cold be our comfort!


This is the house that rancor built.

We live in fear.

A single word

could topple the walls.

Copyright 2015 Chana Bloch. From Swimming in the Rain: New and Selected Poems by Chana Bloch, published by Autumn House Press.


One comment on “Chana Bloch: Fortress

  1. Hilda's Galore
    June 13, 2015

    silence speaks even louder


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