Winter Well

South the sun rises
on winter mornings,
slanted low in bright light
and pale orange.
Trees sleep in rooted beds,
the sky left to crows.
Putting down the cup of fear
I turn to the well within.
When the door is closed,
the window shut,
a path opens
through dark earth,
below the tangle of root
and hardpan clay
where the water of life



photograph by Willard Walch






















Reading of “Winter Well” with music by Art Pepper.


13 Responses to “Winter Well”

  1. James Frid says:

    There is a wet snow falling where I be today. Stillness permeates the area, a definite call to the well of the soul.

  2. Sandy Jensen says:

    Really sweet photo by Willard. I am attracted to the evocative title of this poem and the downward and upward motion of the soul’s movement.

  3. Tom Figel says:

    Don, your appreciation for inner resilience makes sense. Thanks.

  4. Patrick says:

    the answers often begin in the waters that nourish earth and my soul – beautiful Don

  5. Kinga Biro says:

    The inexorable progression of the seasons from dark to light is pure magic for the soul if we are attuned to its rhythm.

  6. bill dare says:

    We are indeed all one, Don.

  7. Betty Doerr says:

    the skies left to crows… Lovely.

  8. Arun Jain says:

    Very nice Don! Enjoyed the narrative with Art Pepper. Great photo too.
    Best to you and Linda. Stay Safe… Arun

  9. Veronica Lim says:

    Marvelous image for this poem, Don. Combined with the music, I could imagine this coming straight from a movie in the forties!

  10. David Barnes says:

    the cup of fear, emptied, now has space for water from the living well

    Gibran asks: Is not dread of thirst when your well is full, the thirst that is unquenchable?

    I walk with you in rhythmic step to the source of the great river, and drink in thanksgiving and in love

    for your gorgeous poem and this stunning photo thank you Don

  11. David Banner says:

    The cup of fear is being promulgated widely; we can focus on the light!

  12. Chris Dalengas says:

    Very nice, Don!

  13. Alice says:

    Thank you so much. I follow down, underneath, to those most fertile cold clear springs.

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