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Persephone’s Song

 

Gabrielle Roth “Persephone’s Song”

 

 

 

Song of Hades

Mantovani “Onedin Line”

 

 

 

As Persephone kneeled by the river bank

to pick the fresh lilies

 

her reflection

startled her

 

is this what i have become

 

is this my calling
and if so

 

then why do i feel like i’m

                                 falling

 

her cause for stalling on this day was simple
was good reason why her eyes declined twinkle

 

as the garden she had known
may have been

fully grown

 

but the fire in her soul failed to kindle

suddenly Spring turned to
F
A
L
L

 

crisp leaves began to wither
and tumble

 

and the deadliest nightshade caused this maiden to stumble

 

no caress in these petals

just a bed of sharp nettles

 

stinging chants to her ears

as they danced with her fears

 

there were

jeers

 

as the truth of her plight became clear

 

every one of these truths

insincere

 

close those beautiful eyes
and rest dear

 

when you come to
we shall be back in bloom

 

as each lie unfurled
these rosebuds became ashen

 

and as their lips curled
she discerned there were teeth regimentally fashioned

 

each was a

DAGGER

 

lining up to defile her and

 

STAB HER

 

and with this
Persephone stag ~ gered

 

though her head became light
both her fists were clenched tight

as this floral goddess
was no

mute acolyte

 

dictation ungranted
veneration commanded

 

by the sceptre she wielded
sheaf of grain she had yielded

 

the crops had now perished
leaving nothing to cherish

 

and Persephones skin
was no longer unblemished

 

come and take them

was her cry

 

as she

commenced

downward

flight

 

 

the descent was a brisk one

each twist spinning her further from the garden

 

to a kingdom where not a single living thing could grow
or a solitary seed could be sewn

 

but just as she braced for the shatter

 

a bed of pale white lilies broke

her fall

 

it was

Hades

who answered her call

 

through birthright he marshaled this realm
but his presence did not overwhelm

 

as Persephone bled
each abrasion he kissed

 

she took comfort from the dust and the scratch of his lips

 

then it dawned

this was no mere abduction

 

he had come to his Queen on her own sweet instruction

 

thus the little-big heart beating wildly within

 

drank him in and then ceased its reduction

 

but how could she

grow

to love him

 

one eclipsed by such darkness

such a tryst could result
in rending her heartless

 

then just as it seemed she was set for the dither
Persephone smiled and replied

 

my darling, every flower on your tainted earth withers

 

and as I take my seat on the throne

theres a crown made for the immortal flowers in my bones

so you see

vile serpents

 

there’s no gain to be gleaned from your bane

 

you’d really do well to abstain

 

she was done with their plague
with these smiling assassins

 

and so was her King
as their twin blades were matching

 

ivy veins were entwining
redesigned
redefining

 

fire and ice in their souls

no longer

confining

 

Lovers gladly undone
whohadbledintoone

 

and

o how the angels wept
their tears of deep red pitter pattered

spattered

 

not that this mattered

 

they needed not the blessing of gods this day

 

just a casket within which to play

 

lined in finest grey velvet

 

sanctuarytodecay

 

atombtoarisefrom

FierceFlamingPhoenix

glidinghigherthantheheavens

asitswoops

downtohell

 

birdofpreytoadore

 

tocarrythroughflightevermore

 

and with that

 

Persephone soared

 

 

truerealsincere.Crystalline.

 

L.H. Grey/Richard Charles Stevens

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