I realized that the Persephone page on my website is broken, and needs to be fixed. But then I realized that this time of the approaching Equinox is Persephone's time - a time of of light and dark in balance, of rebirth. And so I re-print the broken page here.
But when the Dark GoddessShe usually calls for me in winter,
But this year, I did not hear
Until the earth was in bud.
It seemed strange
To turn toward that dark stare
To go down
When life was already celebrating
demands a descent
You must go.
You must go down
To open more, pried open in your most closed places.
To let the darkness that lives there
Spill out onto the floor at your feet
And you must grieve
The loss of the hurt
You held so dear,
Before you can join the flowers.
Marilyn Owen(copyright M. Owen)
PERSEPHONE'S FEAST DAY
When all the names are gone
when there is nothing left
for memory to feed upon
Perhaps all the wastes
of love and time
ferment their healing,
here, in these nigrado depths,
becoming at last albedoa white lily,a crocus arising, new
life in the barren place
There is no valor in this
rooting among decomposing fragments
of so many lives.
I offer now bread,
red fruit, red wine
To the beautiful and strong,those who speak and those who dance.And to the inarticulate and the broken,to those who are lost, to the hungry,and to the fallen. To everytransparent loverwandering these gray bardosin their solitude:
Come to the table, all.
Here is a rich conversation
harvested from the last living garden.
A dappled pear, an apple, a pomegranate.
A butterfly in its chrysalis, winged, moist,
the slow rebirth of color
deep in the depths of this dream
The wheat has new life in it yet
The blessing will still be given
Lauren Raine (2005)