The dance of joy and grief, part II: a meditation on loss
The things we lose

For National Poetry Day....

The Night Journey by Terri Windling

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A "coombe" (or "combe"), in case you're wondering, is a small, steep valley. In some places it means a valley without a watercourse, but here in Devon it also refers to valleys with streams at the bottom. The word is pronounced "koom." 

"The Night Journey" first appeard in Xanadu III, edited by Jane Yolen (Tor Books).