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a ring of bright water

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RolloTheRed Report 19 Mar 2013 10:44

I stumbled across this, I liked it.

The Marriage of Psyche by Kathleen Raine

He has married me with a ring, a ring of bright water
Whose ripples travel from the heart of the sea,
He has married me with a ring of light, the glitter
Broadcast on the swift river.
He has married me with the sun's circle
Too dazzling to see, traced in summer sky.
He has crowned me with the wreath of white cloud
That gathers on the snowy summit of the mountain,
Ringed me round with the world-circling wind,
Bound me to the whirlwind's centre.
He has married me with the orbit of the moon
And with the boundless circle of stars,
With the orbits that measure years, months, days, and nights,
Set the tides flowing,
Command the winds to travel or be at rest.

At the ring's centre,
Spirit, or angel troubling the pool,
Causality not in nature,
Finger's touch that summons at a point, a moment Stars and planets, life and light
Or gathers cloud about an apex of gold,
Transcendent touch of love summons my world into being.



Kucinta Report 19 Mar 2013 15:51

Gavin Maxwell used that excerpt at the front of his book Ring of Bright Water about his living with otters.

The original poem is much longer if I remember rightly.

I believe Kathleen Raine had a bit of an unrequited thing for him (Gavin Maxwell), but they had some sort of falling out.

He mentioned something in one of his books about a witch laying her hands on a rowan tree and cursing either him or his home, not sure if that was a reference to KR.


AnninGlos Report 19 Mar 2013 15:52

Yes, I like that as well.