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The Well

He grabs her wrists to keep her fists
From beating his still chest.
But she withstands and pulls his hands
To rest on her shrill breast.

He pulls her near to hide her tears
And kiss her pallid face.
But then he leaves her soul bereaved
And flees their secret place.

She runs– runs– runs 
To the center of the town
And weeps into the well.
Dawn disguises
Steam that rises
From the tears that swell.

Her throat is dry, and with a sigh,
She lowers the small pail
To take a drink before she thinks
Once more of his betrayal.

The water burns, her stomach churns,
While she sinks to the ground.
As liquid spills, she lies quite still,
And makes no other sound.

No one– one– one
At the center of the town
Sees her behind the well.
They take their share
Without a care
And use it where they dwell.

The water is distributed
Throughout the humming town.
It’s used to brew rich soups and stews
And tea to wash them down.

The illness spreads as all are fed,
Obtuse in their last feast.
Decay begins from deep within
As poison is released.

The sun– sun– sun
Lights the center of the town,
Casts shadows on the well.
Their brows are moist
And not one voice
Can break the silent spell.

The sun subsides when he decides
To return to their place.
When he arrives, the moon shines high 
And lights the river’s haze.

He ventures down toward the town,
To roam its quiet streets.
But as he nears, it becomes clear
Nobody truly sleeps.

He runs– runs– runs
To the center of the town
And finds her by the well.
Won’t touch her face,
But for the trace
Of tears he cannot quell.

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  1. Date: 8/11/2013 7:15:00 AM
    Heather, , '''CONGRATULATIONS''' On your featured poem of the week... Have yourself a nice and beautiful Sunday... -XOX- Love Linda

  1. Date: 7/5/2013 10:14:00 PM
    Heather you are so very young. If only I had been writing since age 25 the way you are doing. you are going to have more poems than you will know what to do with when you get to be over the hill like me. haha

  1. Date: 4/4/2013 7:08:00 AM
    Sup ninja? This is so darn cool....I was hanging on every word. My fav list is pretty much covered up with your name!

  1. Date: 2/1/2013 2:44:00 AM
    you are extremely talented. i usually get bored reading pieces this long but it remains interesting and is a beautiful poem. you should be very proud of what you are capable of.

  1. Date: 12/20/2012 11:18:00 AM
    I am completely awed by your talent. I can't imagine anyone being anything but hyptonized by your gifted pen. Your writing won't let me go. It's like a magnet and I am drawn from the conclusion of one post right to the beginning of the next. Please release me....... Jake

  1. Date: 12/9/2012 8:25:00 PM
    wow, this is VERY different. A very strange but wonderful story. I was thinking he had poisoned her. And yet I think it is something more profound than that, and symbolic. I fear I will run out of poems of yours for me to see soon. But glad I found this one toward the bottom of your list that I still had not read.

  1. Date: 11/8/2012 2:37:00 PM
    Very deep and profound. You penned it quite flawlessly. Wonderful poem :)

  1. Date: 3/8/2012 12:36:00 PM
    Heather, your writing draws images and evokes emotions that put the reader right there as she "runs to the center of the town". The story you have crafted leaves an indelibly graphic memory to be enjoyed long after. Stephen.

    Ober Avatar Heather Ober
    Date: 5/5/2012 6:27:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Wow, thank you so much, Stephen! I'm moved to hear that my poetry could affect you that way :)
  1. Date: 2/5/2012 3:11:00 AM
    I DiGG the juice of this grape. Also, the skin of the piece (to me) lies in the metric flow. Soul claps from me to You!~ Rockman would like this...Do you read his stuff? I recommend him for you to check out~JSLambert

    Ober Avatar Heather Ober
    Date: 5/5/2012 6:28:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you so much :) I have read Rockman's poetry before and you're right - It's definitely up my alley!
  1. Date: 1/22/2012 5:17:00 PM
    nice write heather. ox

    Ober Avatar Heather Ober
    Date: 5/5/2012 6:29:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks, Sherwin :)