Catherynne M. Valente

(5 May 1979 / Seattle, Washington)

Past The Rivers - Poem by Catherynne M. Valente

I sat as if a statue,
and Hades brushed my hair
with a comb of iron and asphodel.

I sat as if an icon,
and Demeter brushed my hair
with a comb of crocus and water.

On either side of my candled body,
they held out my hair like wings,
and ran their fingers through it,
oars through black and separate rivers.

And Hades' hand was on my knee, saying:

You are safe here,
where we have brought you.

And Demeter's arms were close on mine, saying:

We only meant the dark
to be a quiet pool
where we can whisper
and remain unheard.

The sky is so bright, and so brazen.


Comments about Past The Rivers by Catherynne M. Valente

  • Gold Star - 13,486 Points Terry Craddock (6/6/2015 6:50:00 PM)

    Because I had a thirst for Greek mythology and as one who loved to swim in rivers creeks streams pools over summer, the intrigue and pull of mysteries in Hades beyond drowning water, the care of the candled body by Hades and Demeter with unique imagery, the lines

    We only meant the dark
    to be a quiet pool
    where we can whisper
    and remain unheard.

    The sky is so bright, and so brazen. are a wonderful conclusion.10+ and saved :) (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 28,172 Points Edward Kofi Louis (6/6/2015 5:37:00 PM)

    A quiet pool, with the muse of life. Nice work. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 10 Points Dea Dear (4/27/2014 6:26:00 AM)

    hello i am a poet from iraq i like to send you these lines of my poetry...... if you are wise.what is the value living, , , , , , , without sending useful texts or receiving, , , , , , even if there is no good reders....as in iraq but they obey leaders (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 323 Points Chris Leermakers (4/27/2013 5:25:00 AM)

    Very Interesting & Entertaining Poem. Great Write. Feel Free To Check Out Some Of My Poems. It Would Be Great To Get Some Feedback From Someone As Accomplished Such As Yourself. I am in the process of releasing My Ebook and publish my Hard Copy I'm the next few months. Cheers, Chris. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie William F Dougherty (4/27/2012 3:36:00 PM)

    Mythopoesis will be lost here, but know that one conversant with archetypalism endorses you energetically.
    Send me a gossamer strand. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, December 12, 2011

Poem Edited: Monday, December 12, 2011


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