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Who Are We?

Who Are We?

Not that I remember, but that I am
Memory, am all that has befallen
Unbroken being and knowing
Whose flow has brought me here, laden with the forgotten
Times and places, once here and now
Of those who were, from day to day,
From life to life, as I,
Presences of that omnipresence without end or beginning,
Omniscient through our being,
That brings and takes away the unremembered living
Moments of joy and wisdom, the once-familiar
Rooms and temples and fountains, the long-ago gardens
Of a thousand summers, music once heard,
Travelling through me and on, like a wave
Of sound, a gleam
Irrecapturable. And who are we
Who gather each one leaf, one life of the myriadfold tree
Of the lost domain, and mourn
The flowing away of all we never were, or knew?
Promises, messages reach us, instruct us,
The untold, the untellable, undying
Heart's desire, resonance
Of elsewhere, once, some day, for ever.


From Collected Poems of Kathleen Raine (Golgonooza Press, 2000), copyright © Kathleen Raine 2000 used by permission of the publisher

Recordings

Kathleen Raine Reading from her Poems

1Self

2Angelus

3The World

4Amo Ergo Sum

5Who stands at my door...

6Rock

7The Moment

8Your gift to me was a gray stone...

9Lachesis

10Highland Graveyard

11The Island Cross

12The Wilderness

13Statues

14Old Paintings on Italian Walls

15Triad

16Daisies of Florence

17The Eternal Child

18Scala Coeli

19A Painting by Winifred Nicholson

20By The River Eden

21The Poet Answers the Accuser

22Afternoon sunlight plays...

23Bright cloud...

24Into what pattern...

25Behind the Lids of Sleep

26Returning from Church

27Ah, many, many are the dead...

28A small matter...

29World's Music Changes

30Change

31Who Are We?

32Memory of Sarnath

33Head of Parvati

34Poppy-Flower

35Your Gift Of Life was Idleness

36The Leaf

37Heirloom

38Long ago I thought you young...

39Secret companion...

40Millennial Hymn to Lord Shiva