I'm writing a poem, and like how it's flowing. But I find that a tiny pause shorter than a comma would do tremendous. Is there such a mark or multitude of symbols to make a short pause?

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    In a word, no . . . – Robusto Oct 10 '15 at 19:19
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    The movement from one line to the next can imply a short pause, even if there's no punctuation. Or write "(a tiny pause)" in the line? :-) – Margana Oct 10 '15 at 19:42
  • A demisemiquaver rest? en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thirty-second_note – user662852 Jul 28 '17 at 4:45

I really believe
You should use
Line breaks
To give people
A chance
To think.

Maybe you could use multiple spaces?

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Depending on your poetic style, you can add a syllable to a word to increase the length of the sentence or line. However, it's poetry; that probably won't work. But because it's poetry, there's nothing against using two or more spaces after a word. The reader will automatically slow down if for nothing else because it's unusual.

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Semicolons and colons have been relegated to the fringes more and more in the last hundred years. A comma seemed relatively short in the old days, but now it can seem oppressive. An unintended consequence of the continuing distaste for periodic writing.

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