This Moment


A song by Chinmaya, based on an excerpt from a poem by Kathleen Raine.

Never, never again this moment, never
These soft ripples across smooth water,
Never again these clouds white and grey
In sky sharp crystalline blue as the tern’s cry
Still in light air salt from the ocean
Sweet from flowers.
The sun that rises upon one earth
Sets on another, swiftly the flowers
Are waxing and waning, the tall yellow iris
Unfolds its corolla as primroses wither.
Scrolls of fern unroll and midges
Dance for an hour in the evening air,
The brown moth from its pupa emerges
And the lark’s bones fall apart in the grass.

The sun that rose from the sea this morning
Will never return, for the broadcast light
Which brightens the leaves and glances on water
Started today on its long journey
Out of the universe,
Never this sun, never this scene,
Never this sun, this scene and never again,
this watcher.

Kathleen Raine

Kathleen Raine (1908-2003) was a British poet, critic and scholar.


Chinmaya Dunster is a recording artist, composer and sarod player, now based in England.

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