Persephone and a poem

Often, spring is a time when I think of the well-known Greek myth of Persephone. Briefly, the myth revolves around the closeness of Persephone and her mother Demeter, Persephone’s abduction into the underworld by Hades, Demeter’s grief and her withdrawal causing nothing on Earth to grow, and finally, the release of Persephone, her return, and their reunion.

The Reutrn of Persephone--Frederic Leighton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am sharing a poem I wrote several years ago about this particular myth of Persephone. For me, imagining the joy and wonder of Persephone’s return, is akin to the happiness I feel at the return of spring with it’s blossoming and budding trees, boisterous breezes, and  welcome warmth. So, I imagined it as the return to love for Persephone. You can read the poem on the next page.

I am off to a Women and Mythology conference put on by ASWM. I’m excited to be there and to present my paper on Women, Horses, and Predators: Female Sexuality and the Wild. I’ll be putting the paper up on this site later.