Water of a Deep Stream

Within the cloister garden at Wells Cathedral is a special place – the Dipping Place. This must be close to the centre of the cathedral site and was the source of water in medieval times. Today the water still flows – on into the city down the High Street. Its source is the deep underground streams and rivers of the Mendips, surfacing at St Andrews Wells in the Bishop’s Palace Garden. The well can be seen by peering through a window in the garden wall.

Water is essential to life and powerfully evocative within spirituality and human life generally.

Like the Water – Wendell Berry

Like the water
of a deep stream,
love is always too much.
We did not make it.
Though we drink till we burst,
we cannot have it all,
or want it all.
In its abundance
it survives our thirst.

In the evening we come down to the shore
to drink our fill,
and sleep,
while it flows
through the regions of the dark.
It does not hold us,
except we keep returning to its rich waters
thirsty.

We enter,
willing to die,
into the commonwealth of its joy.

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