The Well


A man with a briefcase came

Showed me an angular plan

“Beneath the site of this house

An underground stream once ran

A record of 1801

Refers to a well right here

Though when the new town was built

Mentions of wells disappear.”

I thanked him and closed the door

And said nothing of the well

Soon after I sold the house

There’s nothing more to tell.

Well…can be taken on two levels. Wells, hidden waters, the unconscious, a spirit world (traditionally associated with water). The narrator hides and denies.

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