Kathleen Jessie Raine

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

Heroes Poem by Kathleen Jessie Raine


This war's dead heroes, who has seen them?
They rise in smoke above the burning city,
Faint clouds, dissolving into sky —

And who sifting the Libyan sand can find
The tracery of a human hand,
The faint impression of an absent mind,
The fade-out of a soldier's day dream?

You'll know your love no more, nor his sweet kisses —
He's forgotten you, girl, and in the idle sun
In long green grass that the east wind caresses
The seed of man is ravished by the corn.

Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

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