Who is the author of this poem, you ask?
You should all know her. She faithfully comments on many blogs, and she's also an incredible writer! Her name: Ghost Ryter.
And she has agreed to share a small bit of her poem with us all today. Plus I got to do an interview with her!
I have no talent when it comes to poetry. None. Whatsoever. So I'm greatly impressed when I come across someone who can actually write poetry! Here is a portion from the poem "Hades and Persephone" by Ghost Ryter.
Hades stood, hard and tall,
There before her.
Eyes blue, hair black,
His skin pale from want
Of warm, constant,
Lord of the Underworld -
Ruler of the Night.
"Zeus, oh, please, Zeus ... Helios
Above …” her mind cried.
But they gave no answer.
To speak to her captor,
But tears spilled down
Across her face,
Halting any sound.
"Do not cry, “ he said,
Brilliant, bright Jewel.
Don’t cry, my beauty.”
"Cry?" She gasped out.
"You say don't cry?
"You've kidnapped me!
Tell me, Hades, why?"
She stumbled back,
Falling to the hard ground.
Hades came closer
And slowly reached down.
He took bother her hands
In his, firmly pulled
Her up, then led her
Through the land he ruled.
"You shall see, Perse -
You shall see, dear.
And you shall be very happy -
I know you will - here."
And then she knew,
The truth pierced and struck
Like a rock through her
Heart; it lodged there, stuck.
So Perse was crowned
(While the dead gathered round)
With shinning, lifeless jewels.
And she was placed by his side,
As queen for his rule.
Hi, Ghost Ryter! Thanks so much for joining us today and being willing to share your lovely poem. Since I’m a fan of the myth of Hades and Persephone, I’m so thrilled that you’ve kindly agreed to share your genius on my blog!
Thank you, Clara! It's my pleasure to be here on 'To Find a Castle'. I’ve really been looking forward to this. And I don't know if I'd call my poem 'genius' ... maybe absolutely brilliant. : )
CD: When did you first hear the story of Hades and Persephone?
Wow ... I can't even remember when I first heard it! My older sister used to tell me stories all the time - fairy tales, myths, ghost stories, things she made up herself - and Hades' kidnapping Persephone was one of them. But it wasn't until I was twelve that I really noticed how incredible a story it was.
CD: What is your favorite aspect of the story?
Ilike how it’s a cautionary tale, though not in the way most people might think. Hades loved Persephone (he wouldn’t have put up all the fuss about keeping her with him if he didn’t love her) even though he didn’t demonstrate that very well. Yet they had a miserable life together because Persephone was never able to get past how she had been brought to the underworld by force. So, no situation is so bad that how you react can’t improve it. You can try and work with what you got, or you can turn it into your own personal hell.
CD: Have you ever read any other retellings of the myth?
For some reason, I’ve not seen many retellings of this story. Just the “Abandon” books, by Meg Cabot. They’re a very loosely based version, slipped into modern times. But I had to stop reading those because they got foul. Sigh.
CD: This is a bit off topic, but I know you love Phantom of the Opera (me too!). Do you think that Gaston Leroux could have been inspired by the story of Hades and Persephone?
Oh, yes. A moody man who lives underground falls in love with a beautiful young girl, and kidnaps her … I we can safely say Monsieur Leroux was a fan of the myth. Erik and Hades are unhappy brethren.
CD: I seem to recall that you are learning the guitar. Will we be seeing this piece of work put to music? (Please say yes!)
Ihave music playing in the back of my mind that fits really nicely with the poem, but I have a very hard time actually getting tunes down on paper. Ugh. It is quite frustrating. Rest assured - if I ever get it out, I’ll post it on my blog. (Though I must warn you: I sang a few snatches of it for my one sister, and she gave me a look of bored horror.)
Bored horror? Oh dear. Well, I for one enjoyed this poem! Thanks again for joining me on my blog today.
Check out Ghost Ryter's blog at http://ghostryter.blogspot.com/
Happy writing, everyone!