Kathleen Raine, ‘Vegetation’

O never harm the dreaming world,
the world of green, the world of leaves,
but let its million palms unfold
the adoration of the trees.

It is a love in darkness wrought
obedient to the unseen sun,
longer than memory, a thought
deeper than the graves of time.

The turning spindles of the cells
weave a slow forest over space,
the dance of love, creation,
out of time moves not a leaf,
and out of summer, not a shade.

Kathleen Raine (1908 – 2003) was a British poet. She was highly influenced by Blake and Yeats and was particularly interested in approaching the sacred through art.  She was the author of 12 books of poetry.

I absolutely love this poem for the way it captures a spiritual sense of the interconnectedness of things.

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