On the Verge (a poem by Chris Kirkpatrick)

There is a pause before it starts, a gap
Between the last line spoken
And applause:

A raised baton--orchestra in rapt readiness:
The moment between darkness
And the dawn
When all is possible, all impossible,
Everything and nothing,
Jockeying into place.

Chris Kirkpatrick is the author of two books of poetry, Learning to See from the Blind and Mixed Metaphors.

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