Dramatic Pause


The dramatic pause is that critical moment, when the speaker abruptly stops talking, and the minds of the audience immediately begin to think, and wonder, and contemplate not only why the speaker stopped, but also to ask themselves what the pause was intended to do.  The possibilities are endless, perhaps the moment was for reflection on the tale, or to allow for the building of emotion, or it could be an act of defiance.  Yet, only the speaker actually understands the rationale, and maybe if we’re lucky, they will impart that secret on those who are listening.

Dramatic Pause

Reflective silence


Congregation appreciation

Intonational phrases

Phonological phrases

A missing lexeme



Phonetic cues

Orthographies heard

Boundaries reset

Extemporaneous conversation

Distributed information

Word comprehension

Language ascension

Not a single mention

Of rhythm or melody

A dramatic pause

Perhaps for a cause

Full of contention

Sound suppressed

Or repressed


Complicity in spiritually




Reasons many

Thoughts aplenty

Some will linger

On the suppression

Not a confession

Leaves them guessing


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R J Schwartz

I write about everything and sometimes nothing at all. I'm fascinated by old things, rusty things, abandoned places, or anywhere that a secret might be unearthed. I'm passionate about history and many of my pieces are anchored in one concept of time or another. I've always been a writer, dating back to my youth, but the last decade has been a time of growth for me. I'm continually pushing the limitations of vocabulary, syntax, and descriptive phrasing.

6 thoughts on “Dramatic Pause

  • April 1, 2016 at 5:40 PM

    How interesting, and rather mysterious. I read through it several times and the poem began having an effect on me. Words ! Words within a poem or story can make or break the meaning of the piece. Yet, when standing alone, they can motivate the reader to think a little deeper. You did this well and then provided some rhyming with gave a nice flow to the ending. I enjoyed this poem, Ralph.

  • April 2, 2016 at 11:31 PM

    Creativity, that’s the name of this game, and you have come through very well. I like the last line the best. What we do, whether it is in words or a lack of them, should leave the reader guessing to a certain extent.

  • April 3, 2016 at 7:55 AM

    I liked this RJ, how seemingly unconnected words can actually merge together in a meaningful form but still leave the reader questioning.

    • April 5, 2016 at 5:58 PM

      One of my methods is to read about my focal point and gather associated words – they roll around in my brain until I’m hopefully able to weave them into a poem.


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