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The Well of Grief

October 21st, 2016
Image by Erika Craig

Image by Erika Craig

Those who will not slip beneath
the still surface on the well of grief

turning downward through its black water
to the place we cannot breathe

will never know the source from which we drink,
the secret water, cold and clear,

nor find in the darkness glimmering
the small round coins
thrown by those who wished for something else.

~ David Whyte

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4 Responses to “The Well of Grief”

  1. Hi Philip, I had a dream about exactly this, early yesterday morning. How extraordinary ! And the pictures are a beautiful addition to the poem. Henri x

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