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Content Warning: death, dark themes

 

Kate Meyer-Currey - Hecate: move through darkness


Do not confuse me, as mortal

scholars have done, for other

lesser deities; I am daughter

of Titans, born before time.


I recall truths the stylus forgot;

blurred into wax tablets, reborn

as mere myth.


I was the natural mother and

mistress of all realms: I held

sway over air and sea to the

depths of hell. 


I am the torchbearer; she that

kept the fire and blazed a trail

for gods and men.


I guided Demeter down paths

to the Underworld, in search of

Persephone, her daughter. My

light was the joy of recognition

in their wan faces.


I was at Persephone’s side in

Hades’ dark kingdom, where

she must wait out the winter.


I returned her safe to roam

the free fields of spring and

summer, dropping flowers at

her feet like heaven’s stars.


I topped temple pedestals.

I stood at every crossroads:

the triple waymark of past,

present and future.


I was the threshold between

life and death.

I was forgotten by men, down

heedless years and altered

custom.


I was supplanted by brassy

new beliefs and other votives

stole my fire.


I was banished underground;

crowned queen of the night by

their guilt-haunted memories.


I hold dominion over darkness:

my supplicants are witches and

ghosts; the message-bearers

between living and dead.


I am the fitful light of the moon:

I wax and wane according to

mortal whim.


I hold secrets; truths and lies: I

speak through curses inscribed

on lead; buried in graves, fallen

in wells.


I am keeper of the hidden flame

that glows through the veil of lost

years shrouding my face.


I watch over those who still have


courage to stare into the dark. 

 

Kate Meyer-Currey moved to Devon in 1973. A varied career in frontline settings has fuelled her interest in gritty urbanism, contrasted with a rural upbringing. Her ADHD instils a sense of ‘other’ in her writing. She has had over eighty poems published. Her first chapbook ‘County Lines’ (Dancing Girl Press) comes out this Autumn. Her second, ‘Cuckoo’s Nest’ (Contraband Books) is due out in February 2022.

 

Photograph: Prayer Radar by Karin Hedetniemi

Karin Hedetniemi is a nonfiction writer and street photographer from Vancouver Island, Canada, inspired by the natural world, and ordinary beauty in quiet places. Her photos and cover images are recently published in CutBank, Pithead Chapel, Invisible City, Barren Magazine, Parentheses, and nominated for Best of the Net from The Bitchin' Kitsch. Find Karin on Twitter/Instagram @karinhedet and AGoldenHour.com.