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An Offering For Hades by Theresa Cecilia Newbill

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    A story/poem of the birth and abduction of the Goddess Persephone. Some theorize that this story is Minoan in origins. Life, death and fertility are the main
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      A story/poem of the birth and abduction of the Goddess Persephone.
      Some theorize that this story is Minoan in origins. Life, death and
      fertility are the main messages of this haunting myth.

      Greek Mythology Anyone?

      An Offering For Hades by Theresa Cecilia Newbill

      Deep in the labouring night
      a newborn's cries outbreathes
      its air.
      She was born of quenched love
      vanquished in a storm, upon a surly
      shore of a half-dead crew,
      in wild October
      when the wind raged round the Black-Sea.

      It is said the moon reached out,
      extracting the child from her mother's
      womb
      while bewitching reels of light
      blessed her with the power of Zeus
      and Demeter.
      By fate's decree her mortal mother
      bid life a fond farewell, sickened
      with regret, freed from rumor's tongue,
      her honor saved.

      Phantoms wander round the shapeless sands,
      dwindling in dust by the rot and rust
      that time hath rendered.
      Laughing in a brook treading a lonely stare
      little maiden plays with whimsical nyaids,
      splashing among lilies in quiet streams;
      a child's psyche gifted with glorious dreams.

      Her cinder-gray haired guardian watches
      as blankness looms between curtains of raindrops,
      splashing euphorically out of the tumbling
      rhythmic swings of purple spins
      that dance across Earth and Heaven;
      the visioning powers of a child's soul
      piercing the material screen.

      In the stillness of sleep
      when the twitching chimes of a day's time
      have played out, figures danced in her mind
      with sight
      fashioned forth with the delight
      of a warm eternal fire that burns
      where lifeless things abide.
      His whirling wheels of flames
      refurbished memories of the insidious
      aches of learned love and learned shame
      opening a gateway that betook her.

      Waves crash against an Olympian stone
      surging, swaying, swelling, sinking
      beyond seas that nobody else
      dreamed of lest her nightmare should fade
      into blind drifts of vapors cast by
      Empedocles's spell.
      So tells the tale of a Goddess newly
      arisen as legend's moments fell thereon a gliding
      leaf; a tale half told, a scheme laid out
      of banality and the manifold temptations
      of immortal beings bearing Persephone's
      sad response to Hades selfish grief.
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