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2010 Poetry Theme Challenges

#16 Forbidden Desire




"A single fruit grew on a tree, a bright pomegranate fruit. Persephone stood up in the chariot and plucked the fruit from the tree. Then did Aidoneus prevail upon her to divide the fruit, and, having divided it, Persephone ate seven of the pomegranate seeds. - Greek Mythology

Zeus, pressed by the cries of the hungry people and by the other deities who also heard their anguish, forced Hades to return Persephone. However, it was a rule of the Fates that whoever consumed food or drink in the Underworld was doomed to spend eternity there. Before Persephone was released to Hermes who had been sent to retrieve her, Hades tricked her into eating pomegranate seeds, (six, seven, eight, or perhaps four according to the telling) which forced her to return to the underworld for the winter each year. In some versions, Ascalaphus informed the other deities that Persephone had eaten the pomegranate seeds. When Demeter and her daughter were united, the Earth flourished with vegetation and colour, but for some months each year, when Persephone returned to the underworld, the earth once again became a barren realm. This is an origin story to explain the seasons.

The Challenge:

What price for desire? Have you ever wanted something and the sacrifice to get it has been too high? Or perhaps you found out the hard way some desires are best kept unfulfilled.

Happy quillings

Jem
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Forbidden Desire



Divena Collins

Forbidden Fruits
Memories of September

Jem Farmer

Forbidden Fruits

Ryter Roethicle

Knightly Love

Nia Wynne

Midnight Burst



Divena Collins

Forbidden Fruits

Why is it that forbidden love is so?
Shall it be so to forbid thy very life,
To cherish not, desires thy bestow?

Why must they render so much strife
Is this what true love was meant to be
A wicked tongue that cuts like a knife?

Love shines in their eyes only to see
And theirs are the hearts that remain
Closer together regardless and free.

To cherish each moment of love again
Oh why is it that forbidden love is so
And why does it bringeth so much pain.







Memories of September

We met in the month September
Golden leaves had started to fade
Memories were ours to remember.

We shared these moments in time
Amidst birds songs sweet serenade
We met in the month of September

No touch could e-er be so sublime
Nor kisses sweeter to persuade
Memories were ours to remember.

Why should loving be such a crime
How can this affection be forbade
We met in the month of September

When love takes an upward climb
It is us who are being displayed
Memories were ours to remember.

Cannot these tongues just resign
Forget their meaningless cherade
We met in the month of September
Memories were ours to remember.



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Jem Farmer

Forbidden Fruit

The sweetest flesh of my desire,
a flaming joy that leads to hell
yet still incites my hunger's fire.

For love has snared me in her spell,
as dreams of passion deftly weave
the sweetest kiss I know too well.

And though my mind dare not believe
forbidden fruit is tempting me
to wear my heart upon a sleeve.

If my love could be made to see
whilst my forbidden dreams aspire
my exiled heart can ne'er be free.

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Ryter Roethical

Knightly Love

My lady, I desire you above all others
And yet I must hide my desire to all.
My love, you are my heart felt pain
Gladly I offer my heart, that pain to feel.
All wounds in battle become the scars
That are gladly bragged in later years,
And shown with pride and bragardness.
The scars caused by love can ne’r e’r be seen
But in truth are the very deepest wounds
And cause the most intense of pains,
Yet gladly would I wear and bear them.
One request from you is my command.
I am forbidden to love you, yet I do
I can no longer hide my desire for you.



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Nia Wynne

Midnight Burst

The sun burst into my dream last night
And when I smiled he kissed me with his light.
His warmth embraced every hair, everywhere,
Everywhere the light warmed, blinded and caressed
Like a million arms and lips, he continued
To bless my body with loves heat, no care,
Nor fear of the black curtain of the night.
When midnight comes again I'll know
Only warmth and light and forever kisses slow.
He is my sign, an omen of futures bright
New days of comfort, new eves pure delight
As a million romantic illusions,
Your standing there, yet no confusions,
No slights of hand can remove the glow.



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