In which the author writes about mythology and gross, disgusting love.
Written for 's Inner Divinity Contest.
For those of you who don't know, Hades/Pluto is the Greek/Roman deity of the Underworld. He kidnapped Persephone and brought her to his home where she ate four pomegranate seeds. According to the Fates, one who eats the food of Underworld must spend eternity there, but Persephone was allowed to return to her mother for half of the year, corresponding to the spring/summer months.
I really do like the imagery that you have employed here. It's wonderfully fitting, and easily identifiable yet still keeping an air of ambiguity which is quite appropriate when dealing with mythology. The second stanza gave me chills, it's perfectly worded and envisioned. However, with the days, my Graves textbook says that Persephone's time wasn't split evenly, but rather "Core should spend three months of the year in Hades' company, as Queen of Tartarus, with the title of Persephone, and the remaining nine in Demeter's." I don't know if that's correct, but I assume it is. x3 I'd consider changing that, although you'd loose that lovely repetition, unless there's a reason for the 180's that I have completely missed... xD Anyway, I'll shut up now - great work!
I liked the repetition of the 180 days and it made their very different sorrows equal. The general belief is that she stayed in the underworld for six months, so let's just not tell anyone that it's wrong.