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Demeter & Persephone by Jodine Derena Butler

Demeters world is falling apart
she enters the tomb
leaving behind every last bit of skin
and bone, naked and torn


her heart in jagged little pieces;
tears like condensed salted earth, ashen.
spirit as dark as Hades
her womb, a barren undergrowth of loss

 her voice, a howling banshee sevenfold

Persephone revisited in dreams
her escape futile, Hades whispers in her ear
she runs, never holding on nor looking back
dismembered dissociation awaits those who fail

and while cadaverous limbs are discarded
fertile appendages flail
her pieces crumble into dust
Demeter withdraws her love

only to find a serpent tongue
suckling at her breast
Demeter descends, and Persephone awaits
her chamber the great unclean

unashamedly devouring our lost souls
Demeter falls to her knees in despair
death is just a figment,
and life here is just a memory

she breathes in the rancid air,
the smell of a distant pyre
she kisses the hand that feeds her


there are only fools here in paradise.

© 2009 Jodine Derena Butler. All Rights Reserved

  1. June 28, 2010 at 12:01 am

    A pretty good poem.
    I don’t get the title, is it significant?

  2. June 28, 2010 at 12:46 am

    Oh I’m sorry! I just realised I didn’t post it…Doh! It is called Demeter & Persephone. I am writing a lot about Mothers and daughters lately…must be the moon or something. Glad you liked it. I have others on my main poetry website at http://poetryoutwest.wordpress.com if you would like to subscribe to receive my new posts. I don’t put many on this site…only a select few. Thank you. Jx

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