Archive for Sunday, May 3, 2009

Poet’s Showcase: Persephone’s Answer

May 3, 2009

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He asks, and she retorts:

Am I happy?


How can you

Ask such a question?


How can I speak truthfully,

Without betraying the


Trust of my father, the

Love of my mother,


When I am a mere

Woman, no accident of


Birth, and death

Never comes to women


Permanently wedded

To the ruler of the dead?


You never speak

Of Death, herself —


Even the master of Hades

Has a taskmistress —


That role didn’t become me,

So I allow her to do her duty,


As I will do mine.

Don’t ask if I am happy.


Ask me how long it’s been

Since I’ve seen the sun.


— Stephanie Ann Barrows lives in Lawrence.

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