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Posted: March 19th. 2004 2:41:40 AM

Views: 2589

The Descending of Persephone

by Gaean Taeapharo

Age Group: Adult

I’ll tell you a story
Of centuries past
Of a mother
A God
An Olympian pact
And a Goddess so fair
The God fell in love
A passion frowned on
By Olympus above

So he stole her away
Into the night
Out of our world
Out of our sight
Down to his realm
To be his queen
Voice unheard
Sight unseen
And Demeter raged at her loss
“The Goddess of the Corn,
he will not cross!”
“I’ll plunge the world into a bitter snow.”
“Let the word be spread on the
wings of a crow”

So in the air
On ivory wings
The bird of white spoke of things
Tremendous snows
Pelting rain
All because of Demeter’s pain
But the people of Greece wanted a reason
For why the sudden change in the season

The goddess refused to soothe their minds
“I’m off to the Underworld to find,
my stolen daughter of Henna fair.”
“Let the Lord of the Dead beware.”
“The wrath of a mother so angered and betrayed.”
“On the Earth the Goddess Spring should have stayed”
But down below near the River of Life
Persephone took her role as Death’s wife
A role at first she did not seek
But after awhile, for about a week
She found a tree bearing fruit
Apples of life from the root
She took a bite of the food so tasty
After which she knew she was hasty
For those who eat the fruit of Styx
Never again must they mix
With those of life on Gaea’s face
The fate of those who have a taste
And Demeter descended into the Land of the Dead
Where she found Persephone had fed
Herself with the food that would keep her below
And the Goddess knew the Earth would no longer know
The love and warmth of her daughter’s touch
No flowers
No trees
Not as much
As a new petal rose
At the start of the Spring
All because of the under world King
So Hades and Demeter argued and fought
Over Persephone’s fate they sought
Counsel with the King of the Gods high
So up they rose quick to fly
To the halls of Olympus so high and white
Amongst the pillars began the fight
“She should be on Terra with me!” said the mother of Persephone
“No, she is my wife!” Hades shouted for the life
Of their marriage so sacred he planned to fight long
But Zeus stopped him with a voice so strong,
“She will be with the people of the Earth for the count of six”
“Then, in the Autumn, she will descend to Styx!
To be with thee, dear brother,
As your wife, as your lover.”
“And you, fair Goddess of the Corn.
Do not fret, do not mourn!”
“For the first season two, she shall flourish on the Earth with you!”
“So all of you leave and start afresh!”
“A bond of family you shall mesh!”
So the Goddess and her daughter parted farewell
“We shall meet again, this I shall
swear to to you, mother dear.
There will be love in my heart, do not fear.”

And the centuries have drifted away
But story of the season will stay
Within the books of the shadows wide
This legend of the wheel resides

(c) Copyright 1999-2004 by Gaean Taeapharo (Rev. Thomas Bahr II) from the forthcoming book "The Gaean Tome", publisher TBA

Author's Notes: I love to recite this piece, especially at Ostara celebrations.

Author's Location: New Milford, Connecticut
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