Excerpt of a Love Letter to Hades, From Persephone

I am the skin-sag
on your bones,
the reminder of loom.
Mother calls for me,
and you wrap me up
deep.
I remember your lips
on your arms,
your shadows casting
eyes onto me.
I remember the sweet rouge-
death of your belief in me,
burning like sunlight–
I sorely miss it, like
I miss the sore drag
of my fingernails on
your back–
the tilled garden
of our cold, unearthly love.

there is a girl with violet tinted cheeks
who is sick of her life.
in her footprints, flowers sprout
but she wants rubies instead of roses
and diamonds instead of daises.

there is a girl with spring in her step
who wants more than the fates have given her.
her mother’s affections cling to her as heavy perfume
which she cannot get rid of,
no matter how many times she bathes.

there is a girl with pansies in her throat
that choke her with every breath she takes.
she takes to dreaming when things are too much;
she dreams of darkness and power and jewels.
she dreams of him.

there is a girl with dirt in her nails
from the tunnel she has dug herself to Hades.
sweet seeds drip down her throat where the pansies once were and
they taste of freedom.
they taste of everything her mother is not.

there is a queen with rubies in her veins
and diamonds in her bones.
her golden crown is lighter than the flowers
she once held, now ashen at her feet.
her mother cannot touch her now.

—  she gave herself to the earth and it made her its queen // ef

T E E N A G E  G I R L S  +  M Y T H O L O G Y: Persephone

She smells of flowers, like the first day of spring. Her lips are pink from the pomegranate juice that she sucks from a carton, sat barefoot on the grass outside as she skips class. Head held high, new students make the mistake of thinking she is harmless. They learn their lesson. Sharp objects lurk beneath folds of material, the red of her nail polish there to hide that of a similar colour. She fights, hard and dirty, argues, cries in a bathroom stall, breaks hearts and forgets she has one of her own.

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MYTHOLOGY MEME :  ten goddesses → persephone

       Persephone is the goddess of the underworld in Greek mythology. She is the daughter of Zeus and Demeter, goddess of the harvest. Persephone was such a beautiful young woman that everyone loved her, even Hades wanted her for himself. One day, when she was collecting flowers on the plain of Enna, the earth suddenly opened and Hades rose up from the gap and abducted her. None but Zeus, and the all-seeing sun, Helios, had noticed it. 

Broken-hearted, Demeter wandered the earth, looking for her daughter until Helios revealed what had happened. Demeter was so angry that she withdrew herself in loneliness, and the earth ceased to be fertile. Knowing this could not continue much longer, Zeus sent Hermes down to Hades to make him release Persephone. Hades grudgingly agreed, but before she went back he gave Persephone a pomegranate (or the seeds of a pomegranate, according to some sources). When she later ate of it, it bound her to underworld forever and she had to stay there one-third of the year. The other months she stayed with her mother. When Persephone was in Hades, Demeter refused to let anything grow and winter began. This myth is a symbol of the budding and dying of nature. In the Eleusinian mysteries, this happening was celebrated in honor of Demeter and Persephone, who was known in this cult as Kore. (X)(X

no but what about Hades and Persephone in a long distance relationship and missing each other constantly

  • Hades hating Zeus because he always brags of cuddling with Hera (and other people) every night. “Look, thunderhead, I don’t kill you because I don’t want to be stuck with you for all eternity”.
  • Persephone sending Hades pomegranate seeds with notes saying “miss u bby”
  • Hades being unable to work the day Persephone leaves, so a lot of dead people can’t get past the Acheron riverbank, they ask Charon what’s happening and he would be like “sorry guys, the boss isn’t gonna work today, he misses his babe”. And then Hades passes by wearing his skull pajamas and eating pomegranate and chocolate flavoured ambrosia.
  • Persephone letting flowers wither because she misses Hades
  • Humans making libations with pomegranate juice and Hades getting all emotional about it.
  • Hades starting crying at work because he just saw a dead couple being all lovey-dovey so Sisyphus stops rolling his rock and goes to console Hades.
  • Hades and Persephone hugging so tight when they finally get to see each other that flowers bloom and the Underworld seems a happier place.

It honestly bothers me when people make Hades out to be this meek, spineless man that Persephone essentially just disrespects and walks all over.

If you know anything about either deity, those are both incredibly inaccurate. They are equal to one another. They have love and respect for the other. Persephone wanted to rule as Hades equal, she did not express a desire to rule OVER him.

Hades having respect for Persephone, Hades valuing his wife, that does not make him weak, it does not make him a pushover, it does not make him a “bitch” as I have seen a few people say. And Persephone wanting to be equal to her husband, wanting to be treated like his wife and queen, does not make her a man stomping, power hungry tyrant.

Hades is a powerful, just god. He is often times patient and thoughtful, but he is still feared and respected. Hades rules over an entire world, a realm many of the Olympians cannot even speak of without some form of fear and anxiety taking over. Hades is a god, a king, a judge, a husband, a father. While he respects his wife, while he loves her, while he listens to her, I do not believe he would allow her to treat him as if he is less than dirt.

Just as Persephone is strong willed, so is he. You are not earning Persephone’s favor by belittling her husband.