Kathleen Jessie Raine

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

Lenten Flowers


Primrose, anemone, bluebell, moss
Grow in the Kingdom of the Cross

And the ash-tree's purple bud
Dresses the spear that sheds his blood.

With the thorns that pierce his brow
Soft encircling petals grow

For in each flower the secret lies
Of the tree that crucifies.

Garden by the water clear
All must die who enter here!

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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