‘The Dry Well’ by Caroline Bird

As part of National Poetry Month this year I wanted to share some of my favourite poets as well as my own scribblings. Here is a poem by Caroline Bird, whose work always leaves me thinking deeply and in complete awe of her ability to capture a moment, a feeling and bring it to life on the page. I hope you enjoy and if you perhaps haven’t read her poetry before, then I highly recommend adding her to your must-read list!

The Dry Well

In the dry light of morning, I return to the well.
You think you know the outcome of this story.

Sunshine is a naked, roaming thing like hurt.
A well is a chance embedded in the ground.

The well was dry yesterday and the day before.
You think you know the lot about sunshine –

an early bird knows sod all about perseverance.
Good people, you lay down your curling souls

on the dust and surrender. I swing my bucket.
If the well is dry today I will come back tomorrow.

(From the collection The Hat-Stand Union (2013) published by Carcanet Press Limited)

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