Aldwinckle, Eric, Letter, 7 August 1943

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Description: 
Letter to Harry Somers

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Case Study: 
Creative Dialogue Across the Ocean: Eric Aldwinckle’s Letters to Harry Somers
Creator: 
Aldwinckle, Eric
Source: 
letter
Date: 
7 August 1943
Place: RCAF Headquarters, London
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Contributer: 
McMaster University Libraries
Rights: 
Copyright, public domain: McMaster University owns the rights to the archival copy of the digital image in TIFF format. Reproduced with the kind permission of Margaret Bridgman.

Identifier: 
00001574-5
Language: 
eng
Type: 
image
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Transcript: 

Be aware
That these are waters
and not Water
These solutions
Consider he the stagnant pond
unable to expand
beyond
the lowest lying land.
Separate and slothful
Asleep in the same light
which sparkles on the lively stream
yet here to heat and steam
a breeding ground
For foul and slimy blight.
Still water, Water still
Yet with an acrid stink
to he who cups his hands to drink
believing this is Water
Confused with haste
exhausted, blind
Needs quench his thirst with bitter taste
If this be all he find
"The sun will heat and bind
as well as light the way"
Rest beneath the shady tree
and when the skies are dark
arise
and follow me
To the mount
Where mists are gone
The air is clear
The fount is there
And having found
at dawn define "Divine"
and thoughts profound
will utter
only
"This is Water"
Well having covered - or shall I say "touched" upon art, life, humor, music, friends, philosophy and poetry I feel I must draw my epistle to a close asking that you give my tender thoughts to Mother, kind regards to Charlie and understanding to Douglas and my congratulations to all your friends who are enjoying the pleasure of your company. Good news about your brother if he is keen. I wonder if I shall meet him here?