Persephone’s Finger By Sy Roth


It wormed its way to the surface.
Pointy finger tested the air,
Wriggled in a sensuous Fatima dance
Etch-a-Sketching the crepuscular sky above,
Shaming the heavens for what lies below,
Marking its inky darkness
While the tinny tambours played
Among the pansies.

The veiled earth held the other fingers hostage
Like a bundled faggot,
Heretics awaiting their fire,
A mash of penitents silenced
By the force of a convulsing mass.

The earth wears about its neck
A garland of cancerous coils.
Leied in aloha grief–
The oarsman sends greetings from the River Acheron.
He hangs idly by in the background.

Five-cent plastic bags dance along wisp-colored breezes
Skims the darks waters
Hits land
Until one is stricken mute by the dancing finger.

Its handle catches on the crooked finger
And the bag ripples in the breeze
Rapping to a scrunchy, hip-hop beat
While nesting on the tented, blinded finger.

Persephone’s finger breathes in halting afflicted breaths
And finally worms its way back beneath the soil
To wait once again.

The bag flounces along to find new byway
And the sky brightens, guiltless for a second
And looks down upon its beaten earth,
Hums a mournful song,
A threnody to its quotidian warriors.

©2018 Sy Roth


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Sy Roth is a retired school administrator and has finally found the sounds of silence and the time to think whole thoughts. This has led him to find words and the ability to shape them. He has published in Visceral Uterus, Amulet, BlogNostics, Every Day Poets, Barefoot Review, Haggard and Halloo, Misfits Miscellany, Mad Swirl, Larks Fiction Magazine, Danse Macabre, Bitchin’ Kitch, Bong is Bard, Humber Pie, Poetry Super Highway, Penwood Review, Masque Publications, Foliate Oak, Miller’s Pond Poetry and The Eloquent Atheist.

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