‘The Pomegranate’ by Eavan Boland

‘The Pomegranate’

by Eavan BolandDSCF4821-001

“The only legend I have ever loved is
the story of a daughter lost in hell.
And found and rescued there.
Love and blackmail are the gist of it.
Ceres and Persephone the names.
And the best thing about the legend is
I can enter it anywhere. And have.
As a child in exile in
a city of fogs and strange consonants,
I read it first and at first I was
an exiled child in the crackling dusk of
the underworld, the stars blighted. Later
I walked out in a summer twilight…”

You can read the complete poem here.

Eavan Boland was born on this day in 1944, you can read more of her work through Surrey Libraries.

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