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Wind Tunnel Dreams: Month of Myth 
7th-Apr-2009 09:23 am
Wind Tunnel Dreams
She meets me at the gates,
pulls me from the earth,
my silken skirts catching like roots
in the cold, soft clay
of the underworld.

It gets everywhere -
under my fingernails,
in the seams of my shoes,
in my hair.

She washes my hair,
combs out the last bits of clay,
washes from me
the perfumes of below.
She braids my hair,
braids in early blossoms
that bloomed just for my return.

There are no flowers, under.
There are jewels that sparkle
all the colors of flowers
in the cave walls,
clasped to my ears and wrists,
in the hollow of my throat
never warming to my skin.

She gives me a hat
(I am too pale
and it is too bright up here,
so bright to eyes accustomed to
the flicker of candles on the banquet table)
and puts me to work in the garden.
Spring planting.
My mother and I,
side by side,
quiet, for I am always quiet at first.
Our hands in rich warm crumbling black soil,
the best kind
for growing things.

It is so warm, the soil
and I press my hands into it,
feel that,
feel the sun warm my skin.

My mother grounds me
the best way she can.

Later, there are apples
drizzled with honey -
simple fare after
elaborate meals of reductions and glazes
and chilled wine made of fruits
my mother holds no dominion over;
the food is sharp and well-spiced, but

my mother's food is
warm from the ground
or fresh from the trees.

I bite into an apple,
closing my eyes
to draw in the taste,
and if I crave the tang
of a pomegranate,
I will never tell her

This one jumped in fully formed as I was lying slugabed and wishing for a real spring.
7th-Apr-2009 02:23 pm (UTC)
"and if I crave the tang
of a pomegranate,
I will never tell her."

The whole thing leads up beautifully to that line. Very well done! I love it :)
7th-Apr-2009 02:32 pm (UTC)
You are illustrating for me the purpose of myths, for which I am grateful. :)
7th-Apr-2009 02:34 pm (UTC)
Hm! How so?
7th-Apr-2009 02:37 pm (UTC)
Well, this one lays bare for me the story of Persephone: today it's about become an adult and cutting your ties from the world you know. And you can visit again, and be with your parents, but you are never the same. You make your choice: you marry the god of the Underworld, an undiscovered country, and you move away....

You visit, but you're never the same.

Today I remember what it was like when I first bit into a pomegranate and gave away a bit of my innocence in exchange for human knowledge, and the mortality you begin, more and more, to see as you live.
7th-Apr-2009 02:34 pm (UTC)
Lovely. Very lovely. I am broke. Will have to donate next week. Sorry!!
7th-Apr-2009 03:47 pm (UTC)
and if I crave the tang
of a pomegranate,
I will never tell her.

7th-Apr-2009 04:05 pm (UTC)
Oh, wow, this is gorgeous. A brilliant, vivid, and multi-layered rendition of one of my favorite myths.
7th-Apr-2009 04:34 pm (UTC)
Donated. Thank you for seeing this one, for capturing it, for passing it along. :-)
9th-Apr-2009 01:59 am (UTC)
Thank you. :)
7th-Apr-2009 05:54 pm (UTC)
Persephone is one of my favorite Greek goddesses. I used to own a tarot deck based on Greek mythology, which featured her as the High Priestess. Of the decks I've owned, these images used to "speak" to me more.
*loves pomegranate seeds*
8th-Apr-2009 03:47 am (UTC)
I would love to have such a deck!
8th-Apr-2009 12:39 pm (UTC) - Found it!
The Mythic Tarot

The Empress is quite lovely for this deck. I think I was searching for a Celtic-themed deck at the time, but was drawn to this one. For a beginner, it suited me because the images were ones that I was familiar with, having a great love of Greek and Roman gods, but unfamiliar with other pantheons.
7th-Apr-2009 08:07 pm (UTC)
I can't donate money until I get a job, but if you ever need illustrations just ask. I love working on your stuff and building my portfolio is a must right now!

Edited at 2009-04-07 08:10 pm (UTC)
9th-Apr-2009 02:00 am (UTC)
Anytime! Shayara art sometime?
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9th-Apr-2009 02:02 am (UTC)
Thank you. :)
8th-Apr-2009 03:48 am (UTC)
Thank you for this glimpse of Persephone, 'song.
8th-Apr-2009 07:38 am (UTC)

There is a story or a poem in me about a girl swallowing pomegranate seeds "because no Hades could be worse than this hell." But I only know how it ends.
9th-Apr-2009 02:03 am (UTC)
Write from the end!
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