PERSEPHONE IN THE BIG CITY

"In this column
a hole
can you see Persephone?" -- George Seferis

Poor bipolar Persephone.
When she's down in the hole
she keeps looking up

the high buildings sway
though they'll never lean past the angle
set by a pact between gravity and the eye

still she fears they'll crash
bury her alive once again
as soon as she dares to rise from that hole

but when she's up
her head begins to dance a tarentella
on its own, its orbits circling

far beyond her slender neck;
her red-stained throat a hole
still filled with pomegranate seeds.


Barbara Lefcowitz
TAR
BARBARA F. LEFCOWITZ has published eight full-length collections of poetry, a novel, and inidividual poems, stories, and essays in over 450 journals, and has also won writing fellowships and prizes from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Maryland Arts Council.