|The Eleusinian trio: Persephone, Triptolemus and Demeter |
National Archaeological Museum of Athens
To lose summer weight, she fell with autumn—
joining golden oak leaves and cold snowflakes
to cover green grass and the last roses.
Like her companions, she wed laciness—
blue-veined scroll work visible through her skin,
her story transparent, death immanent
Teach me to hibernate. She begged the grass
I'll wake with you. She cajoled the acorns
but they chewed her brittle limbs to fatten
We are grateful for your wisdom, but we'll
take it from here. They sang praises to herand caressed her torso into the earth.
Posted at Poetry Pantry #170 at Poets United.
Copyright © 2013 S.L.Chast