Photographer: Scott Wilcox, Fuzion Photography, 2017
“…fine tuning the in-between of harmony; hearts, earth & sky” JD Butler
the epitome of balance:
patience & frustration,
softly spoken & vehement.
Ritual billowing, vaping
into old lungs,
pure tobacco into undulating balls of steam.
His stage is an altar.
We dance, cleansing much more than our spirit,
of harmony; hearts,
earth & sky.
Our effigy, enlightening the soul & keeping her secrets,
venerable in his wisdom.
Our Columbian overlord garnishes
the Mayan temple our grandfather’s bestowed.
Upcycling shadows, illuminating the light –
breathing new life.
He is the embodiment of patronage & the people,
health, crops, marriage, business, revenge & death.
our community together.
© Copyright 2018, Jodine Derena Butler & Poetry Out West. All Rights Reserved
“Persephone never quite forgave injustice, but she did learn to shed her skin” JD Butler
You came over larger than life, in all your big beautiful buxom-ness,
I got you naked.
My legs wrapping themselves around you like spider star’s, our flambuoyant embraces creating seismic ripples in our milky way.
When you weren’t whingeing about the cold – manifesting uncontrollable shivers & shakes, I watched your face smile like iridescent plankton sparkling in the moonlight; the ebb & flow of your once moored reserve.
You let it all hang out under cover of darkness, except for artificial red lights intermittently flashing, innocent for all of it’s risquè innuendos but oh so enlightening!
I don’t presume to know you intimately, although you remind me of Persephone – Hades having honed her fury, tempering Demeter’s mournful wrath all thanks to Hercate.
My third eye dived into your psyche, recognising myself in your reflection. Tidal waves of emotion crashed through and over, till I could see and you could see me.
Persephone never quite forgave injustice, but she did learn how to shed her skin & find rebirth in the spring,
bursting into wild rain.
© Copyright 2017, Jodine Derena Butler & Poetry Out West. All Rights Reserved
Myth of Persephone & Demeter