The Wildness and the Blade, for Prompt 78 Persephone

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These childhood games we played
The wildness and the blade
We’d never shed one tear
Our blood ran thick as fear

This bride to death in black
Calls to retreating backs
Cross tempest wretched sky
Her ululating cry

Each bone is broken, lost
Demeter pays the cost
Through winter’s caul betrayed
Her skin but redness flayed

A dirge so beauteous sung
Each simple rite begun
These childhood games we played
The wildness and the blade

(c) Helen Valentina 2014, All Rights Reserved

For mindlovemisery and Jen’s prompt at:

Check it out – most amazing film clip to inspire you!! 🙂 🙂

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13 Responses to The Wildness and the Blade, for Prompt 78 Persephone

  1. It was an amazing video Helen and you have responded to it so well. I especially enjoyed your illusion to childhood games. Well done.

  2. “Our blood ran thick as fear” I love that line! I also love your reference to Demeter as there are indications throughout the video that they are performing some sort of fertility right. Brilliant!

  3. C.C. says:

    I like that you began and end with the same two lines and that nothing in between them bore any resemblance to the ‘childhood games’ one typically thinks of. Great response!

  4. J says:

    So exquisitely written Helen — what more can I say that hasn’t already been said? Calling to the retreating backs just breaks my heart —–

  5. julespaige says:

    I looked up the myth and could only get a short handle on this.
    I like how you focused on how as children we learn from the adults around us, playing at their rituals.

    • Thanks, yes, I based this more on the film clip for the song at the link to the prompt than the myth, though the references to Demeter and to a bride to death were vague allusions to the original story of Persephone. 🙂 🙂

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