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Friday, December 31, 2010

Persephone Again 

Persephone Again

Everyone wants to talk

about Persephone.

Especially the poets.

How she was grabbed

and carried off,

how she was kept in darkness

so many months,

while her mother searched everywhere,

waited for her darling

to come home.

Some say

the daughter

liked what had happened

(you know the story,

how women really want it

even when they say no),

others claim it is in fact

the mother who is at fault,

that it is she

who drove her daughter

away, forced her to

leave home and

flee into that hidden world,

because of her own impossible


And then of course

there are those

who read it as a simple

nature myth–three months
of fertility and sun,

nine of winter and death

over the land.

What do I think?

I think she is the soul

of each of us,

going down to darkness and obscurity,
overwhelmed by despair,

then resurrecting like a flower

over and over

as the seasons return.

Dorothy Walters
December 10, 2008

(This is a poem I have published before, but I like to put it up again "as the seasons return.")

(image found through google)

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