When Hades decided he loved this girl
he built for her a duplicate of earth,
everything the same, down to the meadow,
but with a bed added.

Everything the same, including sunlight,
because it would be hard on a young girl
to go so quickly from bright light to utter darkness

Gradually, he thought, he’d introduce the night,
first as the shadows of fluttering leaves.
Then moon, then stars. Then no moon, no stars.
Let Persephone get used to it slowly.
In the end, he thought, she’d find it comforting.

A replica of earth
except there was love here.
Doesn’t everyone want love?

He waited many years,
building a world, watching
Persephone in the meadow.
Persephone, a smeller, a taster.
If you have one appetite, he thought,
you have them all.

Doesn’t everyone want to feel in the night
the beloved body, compass, polestar,
to hear the quiet breathing that says
I am alive, that means also
you are alive, because you hear me,
you are here with me. And when one turns,
the other turns—

That’s what he felt, the lord of darkness,
looking at the world he had
constructed for Persephone. It never crossed his mind
that there’d be no more smelling here,
certainly no more eating.

Guilt? Terror? The fear of love?
These things he couldn’t imagine;
no lover ever imagines them.

He dreams, he wonders what to call this place.
First he thinks: The New Hell. Then: The Garden.
In the end, he decides to name it
Persephone’s Girlhood.

A soft light rising above the level meadow,
behind the bed. He takes her in his arms.
He wants to say I love you, nothing can hurt you

but he thinks
this is a lie, so he says in the end
you’re dead, nothing can hurt you
which seems to him
a more promising beginning, more true.

— “A Myth of Devotion,” Louise Glück (via honeychurch)
  1. hjlaulis reblogged this from alonesomes
  2. alisondevice reblogged this from commovente
  3. wadeweilson reblogged this from commovente
  4. faerie--on-acid reblogged this from agooduniverse
  5. francescagotablog reblogged this from fyeahgreekmythology
  6. batmanandiareprettytight reblogged this from mythofdevotion
  7. the-pizzaman-that-slaps-her-rear reblogged this from celestetsukino
  8. bigandlittlewords reblogged this from petyrbaelishs
  9. myshowisbetterthanyourshow reblogged this from berberisse
  10. spanishqueen reblogged this from petyrbaelishs
  11. averagejimmy reblogged this from back-then-when
  12. back-then-when reblogged this from petyrbaelishs
  13. marymagdalene-official reblogged this from queensansabaelish
  14. queensansabaelish reblogged this from myrandar
  15. sweetlingwolf reblogged this from petyrbaelishs
  16. vitadulcedospes reblogged this from berberisse
  17. fallen-angel-a reblogged this from myrandar
  18. seasamwrite reblogged this from petyrbaelishs
  19. makostars reblogged this from petyrbaelishs
  20. berberisse reblogged this from petyrbaelishs
  21. alisonarch reblogged this from myrandar
  22. baronvonvaderham reblogged this from petyrbaelishs
© T H E M E