Persephone Unbound

The winters lasted forever it seemed
She never wanted to die there
But she was dying every year
Her light was growing more dim
Each time she returned
To the ice, the dark days, and him
Fables were breathed to her by the wind
When she was above ground
“If a sun god loves you, you will be free.”
All lies she had told herself
So she trembled in the sun
Hid daffodils in her pockets
And whispered songs to the trees
but once, a sun god did love her
He bloomed roses on her lips
promised she would never be cold again
but she didn’t believe
So she stumbled back down underground
To die some more in the darkness.