By: Kyana Alvarez
It's been a month since your charity saved me
And allowed me to live free.
Your sweet kindness liberates from her and bounds to him,
And I've never been happier than when I'm in the gloomy dim.
A month since she turned from a drooping tulip into a raging wildfire
A month since I've grown ever higher
Since I descended into the dark land
Since I snatched at your extended hand.
Because you told me you did not know
My story, to you I will show.
My life before was quite bland.
Idle days of drifting from petal to petal
Both untamed and on a tight leash of metal
Even while roaming planets of meadows,
I constantly felt her stifling bellows
Flexing iron fingers around my throat
And hearing her suffocating gloats.
I was no more than a flowering prize
That, despite the sun, could only shrink in size.
Her watchful eyes were iron chains enclosing my wrists
Turning my verdant skin crimson with every twist
They dragged and yanked me back to her
Not even caring if I concurred
She waterboards me with her "love"
Always drowning her "precious dove"
Then, the lush green gave way
And I fell out of the world of day
To the cool, calm world of shades
With shining emeralds and glittering jades
He offered me metal cutters
And I eagerly threw her "love" to the gutter
It clanged and echoed as I took my first true breath
In the land of dark, cool, never-ending death.
Again: free, untamed and open on a planet of meadows
But this time, I felt brilliant, luminous, alive: truly mellow
But his love, a cloud that lifts me high
Permanently sealed our lives' ties.
He then introduced me to you
And you shone and glowed when you saw us two
Glittering sweet and red like ruby rings
You named me a worthy partner for your king
My salvation and deliverance in a simple band
And it was ultimately my choice to join our hands.
I ignored you for weeks
But couldn't resist those small peeks
As I stilled and stalled my sentence,
Terrified of my ascendance.
But you called and reached for me
And turned into a desperate plea
Your voice flowed over fields and wrapped in ambrosial embrace
And finally, the shadows became my one true place.
In the dark shadows, I laughed bright
Because with him and you, everything is right.
Then her rich wrath pierced through the gloom
And she promised him certain doom
She ignored your small, unassuming state
And didn't realize you were to change my fate.
Her shackles reached and grabbed hold
And then my new life turned cold
I grabbed and clawed at the cold black ground
As she dragged me back to the bright "homebound"
I finally looked to you
And in my glittering eyes, you knew
Unfurling a hand offered to me:
"Just a piece" for my eternal glee.
You shed your soft armour
to reveal the true charmer:
A simple pearl of ruby glowed
Would determine my real home abode.
So now that we’ve set up everything
I thank you for making the Goddess of Spring.
I'll now respect your anonymity,
I owe you my love, my life, my freedom.
From your darling Persephone.