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The Well Rising
BY WILLIAM E. STAFFORD
 
The well rising without sound, 
the spring on a hillside, 
the plowshare brimming through deep ground 
everywhere in the field— 
 
The sharp swallows in their swerve 
flaring and hesitating 
hunting for the final curve 
coming closer and closer— 
 
The swallow heart from wingbeat to wingbeat 
counseling decision, decision: 
thunderous examples. I place my feet 
with care in such a world.
 
“The Well Rising” copyright 1960, 1998 the Estate of William Stafford. Reprinted from The Way It Is with the permission of Graywolf Press. www.graywolfpress.org
Source: The Darkness Round Us Is Deep (HarperPerennial, 1993)

 

 

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