‘Down Wishing Well’ (new poem)

I should be asleep, but first, a poem and a post.


I just got done watching “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.” I’m feeling feels. Kind of surprised I didn’t cry, but I spent that last half of the film thinking about this poem. I love villanelles.

I’ve been trying to write this poem for a while, for the better part of 2013. This film reminded me of it, and of forgetting.

I’m on Winter Break, so I’m really well-rested and have lots of free time. This means I’ve been thinking a lot, which isn’t necessarily a good thing, because my brain moves very quickly forwards and backwards when it’s rested. I think a lot. I should be thinking up a solution for world hunger or poverty, but instead, as I am a human, I’m thinking about my own life.

I’ve been avoiding watching this film for about 10 years because I knew it would be intense, and sad, and make me question things. The concept of forgetting is very scary for me because it’s an inevitability. Everyone is going to forget me and I won’t forget them, I’ll just forget mundane little details like what I had for lunch yesterday or the specifics of my schooling during certain years.

Anyways, this poem is 8 months in the making, so I hope you enjoy it.

Down Wishing Well
By Maggie McGinity

There’s no one on the other side.
Sinking in the turning tide.
Wish you well, and well is where you hide.

There’s no story you can sell.
None can hear you out this well.
There’s no one on the other side.

You never learned how to climb.
Slipping stones won’t make you mine.
Wish you well, and well is where you hide.

Staring at the light of day.
Knowing will not take the dark away.
There’s no one on the other side.

Silvery showers, pouring rains,
Cannot lift you out these pains.
Wish you well, and well is where you hide.

Whisper secrets to the walls.
But whispers don’t know how to crawl.
There’s no one on the other side.
Wish you well, and well is where you hide.”


“How happy is the blameless vestal’s lot!
The world forgetting, by the world forgot.
Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind!
Each pray’r accepted, and each wish resign’d”
-From “Eloisa to Abelard” by Alexander Pope
“Too many guys think I’m a concept, or I complete them, or I’m gonna make them alive. But I’m just a f***ed-up girl who’s lookin’ for my own peace of mind; don’t assign me yours.”
-Clementine, “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”

One thought on “‘Down Wishing Well’ (new poem)

  1. Pingback: New Poems: “Owls Havoc Didn’t Hold” & “As I Fall Asleep” by Maggie McGinity | Maggie Lives

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