Stages of a Pomegranate

Fleshy red heart

beating from the beginning

of my time

to the end.

Pushing in and out,

pomegranate red.

.

613 hearts

from the garden of Eden

consumed

by the Snow White’s queen

at the beginning

of the new year

represent her

psychological descent

out of physical beauty.

.

6 seeds,

6 months,

6 bloody life stages;

birth

womanhood

marriage

motherhood

menopause

death.

.

Rebirth.

.

The pomegranate tree’s leaves

are as unchanging

as a jade burial suit.

The ruby fruits

gain their crowns in autumn

when Kore descends

down to the chthonic stage

where she reigns queen.

.

For all the seeds

past the end

she consumes

she is barren.

For all the juice she drinks

her lips remain red

and her skin fair.

She is a righteousness queen,

sweet and sour,

she allows Orpheus

to cheat death

and ascend-

with his bride-

.

.

.

-unless he gives in

to the temptation

of looking back,

at the woman

who’s happy life/light

was snuffed

by the snake

Fleshy red heart

beating full of blood

and passion

turns.

.

123456

She’ll never reach 4

6 is it. S K I P

.

The blood drains

from Orpheus’s

face as he looks

to see

that what he has left

to carry on with

is a bony-yellow husk,

the color of his

solitary sun.

~

The picture at the top is from my Pomegranate Salad Recipe.

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