Kathleen Jessie Raine

(14 June 1908 – 6 July 2003 / London / England)

The River

Poem by Kathleen Jessie Raine

In my first sleep
I came to the river
And looked down
Through the clear water -
Only in dream
Water so pure,
Laced and undulant
Lines of flow
On its rocky bed
Water of life
Streaming for ever.

A house was there
Beside the river
And I, arrived,
An expected guest
About to explore
Old gardens and libraries -
But the car was waiting
To drive me away.

One last look
Into that bright stream -
Trout there were
And clear on the bottom
Monster form
Of the great crayfish
That crawls to the moon.
On its rocky bed
Living water
In whorls and ripples
Flowing unbended.

There was the car
To drive me away.
We crossed the river
Of living water -
I might not stay,
But must return
By the road too short
To the waiting day.

In my second dream
Pure I was and free
By the rapid stream,
My crystal house the sky,
The pure crystalline sky.

Into the stream I flung
A bottle of clear glass
That twirled and tossed and spun
In the water's race
Flashing the morning sun.

Down that swift river
I saw it borne away,
My empty crystal form,
Exultant saw it caught
Into the current's spin,
The flashing water's run.

Comments about The River by Kathleen Jessie Raine

  • Darlan M CunhaDarlan M Cunha (2/16/2020 6:43:00 AM)

    What a beautiful poem. Wide river
    and clean.(Report)Reply

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  • * Sunprincess * (8/25/2015 12:08:00 AM)

    ....beautifully penned, I love both dreams ★(Report)Reply

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  • Kevin PatrickKevin Patrick (8/24/2015 12:59:00 PM)

    Cool and dreamy, imagery so rich it can only come from a fertile rich mind. Awesome read!(Report)Reply

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  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (8/24/2015 9:29:00 AM)

    Great imaginations and poem so enjoyed.(Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (8/24/2015 6:38:00 AM)

    Water so pure! ! With the muse of life through your dream. Nice work.(Report)Reply

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (8/24/2015 5:44:00 AM)

    Fantastic dream. Enjoyed the poem.(Report)Reply

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  • Ramesh T ARamesh T A (8/24/2015 3:19:00 AM)

    It is a nice dram poetry to read! River, a house nearby, gardens and libraries are visible in the clear water of river!(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

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