poetry

Persephone Acquiesced

So swift is summer season laid to rest

As August heat browns the fronds of deer fern

On cue, soft green to crimson colors crest

 

Golden moon risen low, a signal of harvest

That which begun, now taken in return

So swift is summer season laid to rest

 

Light faded, Persephone acquiesced

Her absence, Demeter’s ancient tears spurn

On cue, soft green to crimson colors crest

 

Frost, the unwelcome early-morning guest

Contrasting oak leaves’ hue of deep auburn

So swift is summer season laid to rest

 

Final descent thus ends the mortal quest

From lively pursuits, nature does adjourn

On cue, soft green to crimson colors crest

 

For then the season’s duties are addressed

Though beneath ivory coat we may yearn

So swift is summer season laid to rest

On cue, soft green to crimson colors crest

This poem is a villanelle, which utilizes a prescribed rhyme scheme, as well as refrain repetition. It also imposes a structure. This was a difficult, yet fun one to write. I wrote it a few years ago and workshopped it with the Shoreline Cluster of Poets.