Persephone Goes Under

His thigh pressed down on her.
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxPoppies scattered
from her mouth.
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxThe sound, xxxxxxxxxxas in a dream,
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxemptied out.

She could not fight
what was not there.

Paramedics brought her underxxxxxxxxxxto the bright hall.
along in slippers andxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxflimsy gowns,
heavy-lidded, slow and slurred –
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxthe dead
were not what she’d been told.
Just lonely
easily spooked by

Starving for Earth,
she would have eaten dirt.

He fed her pills xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxinnuendos.

One by one,
grinding to dust,
she ate them fromxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx his hand.

When she returned, her mind was mangled
flitting on the edges, burning holes.
The evening news – she could not listen.

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxHalf here-half there.

She lay
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxthroat full of troubles

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxin the golden grasses.