Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette

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Poem: "The Earth Laughs"

This is the freebie for the January [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] alexseanchai. It also fills the "rain" square in my 1-1-17 card for the Dark Fantasy Bingo fest.

"The Earth Laughs"

When Persephone runs away with Hades,
Demeter refuses to eat or sleep for months.

She paces the land, wailing but dry-eyed,
and the earth becomes barren with grief.

The gods implore her, the mortals beg,
but she turns away from their pleas.

Then old Iambe hikes up her long skirts and
dances on the coffee table, and Demeter smirks.

Iambe flings her skirts over her face,
revealing her wrinkled old cunt.

Demeter remembers some of the silly things
that she did as a girl-goddess because of her cunt.

She begins to laugh, and she laughs until she cries,
and fresh spring rain pours over the parched earth.

The earth laughs in flowers, crocus and daffodills
spurting from every crack and crevice of the land.

Persephone hears her mother's laughter,
and decides to come home for a visit.

Nothing will ever be the same again, but
that's okay. That's life, even for goddesses.

* * *


"The earth laughs in flowers" is a phrase from the poem "Hamatreya" by Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Read a version of the "Iambe and Demeter" myth.
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