Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Down to the Underworld
Many parts of her story I relate to. Like Perspehone, I have felt ravished by this harbinger of doom and taken down to a dark place where there is no sunlight. I like this 1938 painting of the Rape of Persephone by Thomas Hart Benton because it conveys the ickiness of what has been happening to me, like being taken advantage of by a dirty old man. (Although what was she doing lying around so exposed? I guess that applies as well.)
I see her pomegranate as little globules of virus tossed to me by others - so innocent, so deadly.
(Sorry, I couldn't find a reference for this painting.)
Persephone's story reminds us of innocence lost, death and rebirth, the cycle of life. In my everyday travels my mind is on my work and the task ahead, and not on such lofty principles. Sometimes it takes being dragged down to Hades to appreciate one's everyday sunlight.