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Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Woven on Moira's Loom 

Woven on Moira's Loom

Persephone taught me
I needed to know

how my fate would be
linked with threads woven
on Moira’s ancient loom

my flesh, my substance
my wild instincts
insatiable hungers

how I’d be captured
by a beautiful flower,
seduced to the underworld

an abduction so cruel, yet
necessary, with which
I secretly colluded

picking the strange death flower
planted in the meadow
to fascinate and entice me.

Picking the flower seemed
such a small thing,
yet in retrospect it

opened the gates, swallowing
me into the earth below,
ushering in the dark lord
where union of rape and annihilation
begets the god Dionysos
born full of fruit and wine

a new discovery of inner
resources, all these things
must be paid for

Persephone knew in advance
how I’d be forced, raped
carried off to live in darkness
for so many months
while my mother waited
weeping for my return

Some say it was my fault
I ate the pomegranate willingly
Some say my mother is to blame

Some say it is just a story
about fertile, sunny summer
changing to winter and death

What do I think?
I think Persephone
perceives the flesh

connecting all of us
to each other like a flower
that dwindles and dies

to return in new form
over and over again
as the seasons turn

Peggy Wrenn, December 31, 2010
(Inspired by a poem by Dorothy Walters)

* Moira (Greek) The goddess of fate. The word means ‘allotments.” She is the oldest power in the universe, giving even the gods their circumscribed shares of power. In the Orphic Mysteries, the god Dionysos is born from the rape of Persephone by Hades, echoed in a later version of the tale where Dionysius is born from the head or testicles of Zeus after he mated with and annihilated Semele.

(Image of Persephone by Frederick Lord Leighton)

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