"Return of Persephone," Frederic Leighton, WikiArt photo.
“Return of Persephone,” Frederic Leighton, WikiArt photo.

Ægean sea-storms, marble statue of goddess
Sand emerged, six podes high, regal head,
Draped shoulders and torso, first glimmer
Of ocean sunlight since dark decades buried,
Stuck in sand, by pull of yoked oxen, budge
She would not, strained rope hoists in shifting
Sands to release her grip from netherworld.

By hand cleaning we returned her visage,
Sea-water washed, brushes, towels, and
Torches, we continued into the night, until
Goddess was lost again to high tides. Yet
Vigils we kept, prayers and hymns of praise,
Rustic ceremonies. Blankets and beds we
Brought, goddess restoring weary souls.

By dawning light, statue stood, o’erlooking
Sandy slopes, radiant sunlight vanquished
Winter cold, sprouting wheat on barren fields,
Budding flowers and olive trees, grape leaves
Unfolding on withered vines, goddess spoke
Her name, Demeter, she who separates chaff
From grain, divine mysteries to us revealed.

Beneath timeless sands, Demeter entered the
Underworld, crossing River Styx, confronting
Hades, wresting Persephone from his grasp,
Goddess’ abducted daughter, for when she
Left our presence, cold emerged upon Attic
Lands, fields turned fallow, harvests lost,
Winter season blight, resulting in starvation.

"Deneter Rejoiced for her Daughter," Wikipedia photo.
“Deneter Rejoiced for her Daughter,” Wikipedia photo.

Across verdant hills, fertility and life returned
Anew, field beasts grew and multiplied, grain
Waved in summer sun, first fruits we offered
To Demeter and her daughter. Bright is Queen
Of Harvest, blesséd are we to reap bounty of
Farms and fields, young Persephone and divine
Earth Mother, dominion over Greek farmlands.

In this poem, Demeter re-emerges from the underworld
as an Ægean Sea storm exposed Greek statue. For more
on Demeter, see t
his link. 

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