P E R S E P H O N E  S P E A K S 

a collection of poetry written for persephone, the goddess of the spring who bit a god in the wrist and descended to the underworld to rule hell and hades and devoured the pomegranate and those who stood in her way to maintain her throne there

part i. PERSEPHONE by UltimateOutlaw

She, who in the hell-halls of Hades feasts—
Who ate from these, three pomegranate seeds,
Maiden of Spring, became the Iron Queen.


Mother, you don’t understand; I made Hades run to me
He saw my bones beneath and offered me half his kingdom.
Do you really think I ate the fruit unwillingly?

part iii. PERSEPHONE THE WANDERER by Louise Gluck

Persephone is having sex in hell.
Unlike the rest of us, she doesn’t know
what winter is, only that
she is what causes it.


You asked me, mother, why I only ate six seeds, then
and I didn’t know what to say, way back when. 

part v. PERSEPHONE by Emily Palermo

they’ve kept the truth
about persephone a secret
burying it deep below


he calls me his lady
but he knows
i am a queen

part vii. I AM NOT MEANT TO SERVE by S.A.

one month to pluck your heartstrings,
two months to seize your kingdom,
and the third to rule it

part viii. PERSEPHONE by D.S. 

she swallowed the seeds as  
willingly as she will one day
swallow the w o r l d  


He told me that I have a soul              Is he from Heaven or from Hell?
How does he know?                           And does he know
What spirit comes to move my life?   That granting me my life today
Is there another way to go?                This man has killed me even so?

  • Irresistible
  • Fall Out Boy
  • American Beauty/American Psycho

“You’re second hand smoke, second hand smoke
I breathe you in, but honey, I don’t know
What you’re doing to me, Mon chéri
But the truth catches up with us eventually

Try to say “Live, live and let live”
But I’m no good, good at lip service
Except when they’re yours, mi amor
I’m coming for you and I’m making war”

Cecilia And The Satellite
  • Cecilia And The Satellite
  • Andrew McMahon
  • Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness
Cecilia And The Satellite | Andrew McMahon

crashed my car, i was 17
my mother in the seat riding next to me
the things i’ve learned from a broken mirror
how a face can change when a heart knows fear

through all the things my eyes have seen the best by far is you

if i could fly then i would know
what life looks like from up above and down below
i’d keep you safe, i’d keep you dry
don’t be afraid cecilia i’m the satellite
and you’re the sky…




  • Hallelujah
  • Jeff Buckley
  • Grace
Well I heard there was a secret chord
that David played and it pleased the Lord
But you don’t really care for music, do you?
Well it goes like this:
The fourth, the fifth,
The minor fall and the major lift
The baffled king composing Hallelujah

Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah…

Your faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew you
She tied you to her kitchen chair
She broke your throne and she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah

Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah…

Baby I’ve been here before
I’ve seen this room and I’ve walked this floor (you know)
I used to live alone before I knew you
And I’ve seen your flag on the marble arch
and love is not a victory march
It’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah…

there was a time when you let me know
What’s really going on below
But now you never show that to me, do you?
But remember when I moved in you
And the holy dove was moving too
And every breath we drew was Hallelujah

Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah…

Maybe there’s a God above
But all I’ve ever learned from love
Was how to shoot somebody who outdrew you
And it’s not a cry that you hear at night
It’s not somebody who’s seen the light
It’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah…
Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah…
Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah
Hallelujah, hallelujah

  • Afterlife
  • Ingrid Michaelson
  • Lights Out

When the world is breaking down around you taking everything that you know
What you didn’t know
Is that we can go forever if we want to
We can live inside of a moment
The one that we own

You and me we got this
You and me we’re beautiful beautiful

We all we all we’re gonna be alright
We got we got we always got the fight in us
We all we all we’re gonna live tonight
Like there’s no tomorrow ‘cause we’re the afterlife


If we’d go again
All the way from the start
I would try to change
The things that killed our love
Yes, I’ve hurt your pride and I know
What you’ve been through
You should give me a chance
This can’t be the end
I’m still loving you
I’m still loving, I need your love
I’m still loving you…

What You Want (Captive Prince song)
  • What You Want (Captive Prince song)
  • Arielle

My aforementioned Captive Prince song ‘cause it’s the best series ever and you should read it. Sorry for the volume. Both my voice and my mic started to die.


they brought me in in golden shackles
i said i will not ever submit
with a whip on unsullied skin
i saw your steady and flawless hands

a kingdom or this
i’m unsure if without you i can live
to get what you want
you have to know
what you’re willing to give
what you’re willing to give up

and with a cold and icy glare
a deceptively lovely visage
but your mind oh as sharp
as the silence i left you in

oh, a kingdom or this
your golden hair clenched in my fists
to get what you want
you have to know
what you’re willing to give
what you’re willing to give up

‘cause in the late nights
sat by the fire
when the walls were down
i could see you
how can i let you go
and do you know

i told them leave me with one shackle
for sentimental reasons
or something like that
but oh
i had to look back