By the Lake in the Wood

By the Lake in the Wood

- by Bill Plotkin

…By the lake in the wood

in the shadows

you can

whisper the truth

to the quiet reflection

you see in the water.


Whatever you hear from

the water, remember,


it wants you to carry

the sound of its truth on your lips.


Remember,

in this place

no one can hear you


and out of the silence

you can make a promise

it will kill you to break,


that way you’ll find

what is real and what is not…

p121, Soulcraft, Bill Plotkin