The theme for today's poem was "a poem of greeting". It being the 17th day of April in Southeastern Pennsylvania, the weather is catching up with what the calendar calls "Spring." It has been a long shout out to Spring to arrive here, but she is mostly here. The weather has been mostly sunny and warm, but still we have the cool winds, the occasional pop-up shower and the one-off days of grey clouds.
Growing up, I loved mythology. One of my favorite books, which I have passed onto my daughters, is Edith Wharton's "Mythology". My favorite Greek myth is that of Persephone and Hades. A quasi-love story for Greek myths (hey no swan fucking) it tells the tale of how Hades, God of the Underworld, kidnapped Persephone while she was picking flowers. Demeter, her mother and the Goddess of Fertility (among other things), was so sad, the Earth became barren. Hades and Demeter strike a deal (in some versions of the myth Hades had tricked Persephone into eating fruit from the Underworld thereby chaining her to him). One half of the year Persephone will live below the Earth with Hades, and Demeter in her grief will lay the soil sterile. The other half of the year Persephone will return to the terrestrial world and in rejoicing, Demeter once again starts the cycle of growth.
So, welcome Persephone, welcome Spring, welcome Proserpina, welcome robins, welcome warn breezes and welcome many sneezes. (Hey, a poem!) ;)
|"The Rape of Persephone"|