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Poem of the week: Story's End by Kathleen Raine

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From a writer whose mystical bent was out of tune with her times, this late work is candid about ‘life’s long years’

Story’s End

O, I would tell soul’s story to the end,
Psyche on bruised feet walking the hard ways,
The knives, the mountain of ice,
Seeking her beloved through all the world,
Remembering – until at last she knows
Only that long ago she set out to find –
But whom or is what place
No longer has a name.
So through life’s long years she stumbles on
From habit enduring all. Clouds
Disintegrate in sky’s emptiness.
She who once loved remembers only that once she loved.
Is it I who wrote this?

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