Waiting is the iron
stop. The dull thud
against rotted boards.

Waiting is
the unimaginable
that will not
leave the mind.

The impossible
to survive
that will not stop.

Waiting is the steel
vise of time
lined in barbed wire.

Rev. Dr. David Breeden has a Master of Fine Arts in poetry from The Iowa Writers’ Workshop; PhD from the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi, with additional study in writing and Buddhism at Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado; and Master of Divinity from Meadville Lombard Theological School.