Letting Go

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Persephone once looked to the great unknown

Longed to escape from the confines of home.

Uncharted territories beckoned her

To unlock their mysteries and secrets.


She ached to break free from her gilded cage,

Demeter’s embrace now suffocated her.

The love between mother and daughter still there,

But clouded in a deadlock between desires.


Demeter shielded her daughter

From the wolves in sheep’s clothing.

Their intentions- she imagined- sinster

To her naive, innocent child.


Then Persephone was taken to Hades,

To spend autumn days

And winter nights in his spectral realm.

A mother’s tormented grief

Turned the living earth into a wasteland.



Today, the gods are s distant memory

With lonely altars and forgotten prays.


I’ve just finished unpacking in my new room,

Eager for the first taste of adventure,

Not knowing what to expect in the coming months.


Mum tries to hold back tears,

Half-heartedly knowing I’ll be okay.


But in her grief, she remembers

Her little girl who once played with dolls,

Wore pigtails and cried when she scraped her knee.


Now all grown up and beginning a new chapter,

Yet to my mother it was a funeral of sorts.

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Elaine Mullarkey

About the Author: Elaine Mullarkey

She/Her Wordsmith and bibliophile that does a spot of writing every now and again.

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  1. I enjoyed your poem. I like poems that remount to historical events or mythology. You made an interesting parallel by comparing the ancient Greek goddess, Demeter to a modern ordinary woman, a mother. Thank you for sharing it.

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