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Jan/Feb 2018 Poetry Special Feature

Persephone makes winter

by Sheikha A.

Textile Photo Art by Jeffrey Trespel

Textile Photo Art by Jeffrey Trespel



Persephone makes winter

vanish. In her realm fire
has turned to marble, casting
a sliver of its shadow like
a black veil on topiaries of herself
fashioned from pomegranate
seeds. The sidewalk where she
saw the lovers meet, all creations
glistened in carmine sweat.
A portent of grief huddles
against the scampering of wind's
feet, furrowing their brows like a
chant gone wrong. She is rogue on
the pedestal of a lucrative summer
and frugal spring. On her side
there is wind, flapping moisture
across her cheeks; the other
side of lampposts wisps night
to swirl around a condoling party
of moths. The lovers immobile:
a carcass of flowers.

 

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