William Stafford

(January 17, 1914 – August 28, 1993 / Kansas)

The Well Rising


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 decisions, decision:
thunderous examples. I place my feet
with care in such a world.

Submitted: Thursday, April 15, 2010

Form:


Do you like this poem?
2 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (The Well Rising by William Stafford )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  3. If, Rudyard Kipling
  4. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  5. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost
  6. Warning, Jenny Joseph
  7. All the World's a Stage, William Shakespeare
  8. The Indian Serenade, Percy Bysshe Shelley
  9. A Poison Tree, William Blake
  10. Tonight I can write the saddest lines, Pablo Neruda

Poem of the Day

poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Your hands lie open in the long fresh grass, --
The finger-points look through like rosy blooms:
Your eyes smile peace. The pasture gleams and glooms
...... Read complete »

   

New Poems

  1. Bombs, Stratis Havarti
  2. Harmony, Asit Kumar Sanyal
  3. Adnate to the Funicle, Robert Ronnow
  4. Lime-trees, Dr John Celes
  5. South Bronx, Robert Ronnow
  6. The Slow Dimension, Sare Sayidi
  7. Polar Bear Mugs Wino, Robert Ronnow
  8. Destiny! ! !, Amitava Sur
  9. Valentino's Victory Lap, Charles Hancock
  10. A Best friend to someone like me, Yselle Lucas
[Hata Bildir]