Hilda Doolittle

(10 September 1886 – 27 September 1961 / Bethlehem, Pennsylvania)

The Mysteries Remain


The mysteries remain,
I keep the same
cycle of seed-time
and of sun and rain;
Demeter in the grass,
I multiply,
renew and bless
Bacchus in the vine;
I hold the law,
I keep the mysteries true,
the first of these
to name the living, dead;
I am the wine and bread.
I keep the law,
I hold the mysteries true,
I am the vine,
the branches, you
and you.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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  • Bronze Star - 6,600 Points Frank Avon (12/6/2014 11:27:00 PM)

    A thoughtful, moving poem - a bit of a surprise, to me, from H.D.

    Could someone help me explicate these critical lines?

    I keep the mysteries true,
    the first of these
    to name the living, dead (Report) Reply

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