Richard Denner The 2River View, 5.2 (Winter 2001)

Persephone's Mirror

for Beryl

I am that woman despised
by all other women
and most desired by men.
I am tormented

by the hostile sex
that saturates me.
There are days and days
when I feel ugly,

and no one likes me.
You say within
a golden goddess sleeps,
although I am forbidden to see

anything but under ground.
Unfolding with Spring,
I yearn for whoever
can understand my pain.

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