Persephone Again

Bursaria Pods

When Persephone finally leaves the underworld having made her deal with Hades, to always remember her experiences with him, she comes back to the upside world to join again with her mother, Demeter. Legend has it that she lives happily from that day on, rich with knowing. Her mother is happy too, to have her back, and Hades knows she will return to him when the time comes around again.

The native Sweet Bursaria is a personification of Persephone, and this story, in nature. She flowers at Christmas, resplendent in sunny white, wears a rich perfume, her twigs have spikes and she carries with her a load of bronze seed “purses” or pods, each one holding black seeds. The seeds stay in the pods and the pods stay on the bush while she flowers. In this way, she appears in nature as a beautiful metaphor. Miracles abound in the Murmuring Woods.

Flower Bursaria

(copyright Imogen Crest 2007.)

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~ by imogen88 on January 12, 2007.

5 Responses to “Persephone Again”

  1. SEED: “Miracles abound in the Murmuring Woods”

    FITZ Title:

    as a child you knew
    that the balance of everything
    is found in everthee.

    . . . . . . . . . . . .

    some would only see the miracle
    in the fine perfume and pristine blossoms
    yearning for the Mountain Song –

    unaccountably fearing – denying
    the Murmurs of the Woods and Sea –

    for these are of Creation and Covenant,
    which would bind thee to accountability;

    while the heady blooms give alure
    to bees and butterflies,
    and fluttered faerie wings.

    …………………………….. Bard of Lemuria

  2. Sometimes when I visit the Woods I feel like one of the wee sprites or fairies, and I just want to sit back on a leaf, clapping, smiling, and giggling at all the wonders I come across. Oh, and have a few serious moments as well.

  3. I am with you Robin. I am clapping loudly. This is very Persephone!

  4. Gorgeous. Particularly for those of us who know January as the dead of Winter. So cheering!

  5. 🙂 !

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