Persephone

by Judith Laura

You come
with the budding
of the crocuses, sprung
from Athenian depths,
winter-darkened hair hanging
limp to your shoulders.

Girl with cherryOne night's rest and suddenly
a blonde bush blooms
around your funny face.
"Big hair," you say
and, laughing,
the cherries emerge.

Then, the first Sunday after
the first full moon after
the vernal equinox,
the familiar bunny,
mistaking you for a child,
leaves a basket,
and your chocolate giggle
sweetens our waning hours

until you leave on the warm wind,
flying west with the sun.
And the crocuses close.
Yet the daffodils remain,
And soon, the roses.

First published in Of a Like Mind (OALM), publication of the Re-formed Congregation of the Goddess.

 

Judith Laura

Judith Laura

Judith Laura is author of three Goddess spirituality books and two novels. The second enlarged edition of her book, Goddess Spirituality for the 21st Century, is Winner of the USA Best Book Award 2009 in the comparative religion category. Her most recent book, Goddess Matters, was reviewed in the Winter 2011 issue of Goddess Pages and has received 2 finalist awards (in Spiritual: General" and "Women's Issues" categories) from the International Book Awards 2012.
Her novel, Beyond All Desiring won three awards. Her Goddess writings have also appeared in the journals WomanSpirit, SageWoman, Broomstick, Matrifocus, and Goddess Pages. Material from her Goddess books has been included in the "Dancing the Goddess Home" ritual of the Goddess 2000 Project, A Winter Solstice Singing Ritual, and the anthologies SageWoman Cauldron, A Pagan's Muse, and Talking to Goddess. Her fiction and poetry have been published in a variety of print and online journals.She blogs as Medusa in http://medusacoils.blogspot.com/.More info about all this and more at her website, http://www.judithlaura.com/.
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