The still, small voice

is still

an itch in the corner

of the skull,

a catch of breath,

a comma, a hesitancy,

a heartbeat,

a hush,

a scratching at the edge,

a bloom in the storm,

a sideways glimpse,






Patrick T. Reardon



Written by : Patrick T. Reardon

For more than three decades Patrick T. Reardon was an urban affairs writer, a feature writer, a columnist, and an editor for the Chicago Tribune. In 2000 he was one of a team of 50 staff members who won a Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting. Now a freelance writer and poet, he has contributed chapters to several books and is the author of Faith Stripped to Its Essence. His website is

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