IRENE NOEL-BAKER   Poet
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Poetry

Artemis Poems (IV)
Departure
Dutiful Wife
Eros in Piccadilly
Erotisis (Question)
Facing Hydra
Fair Hermia
Homage to Sylvia Plath
Homewards
Jalousie
Letters Home (I)
Letters Home (II)
Letters Home (III)
Letters Home (IV)
Letters Home (V)
Marriage
Masquerade
Mystery
Old Flame
Old Photos
Parsifal
Parsifal II
Persephone to Demeter
The Church at Malaucene
The Music
Train Journey

 

Greek Translations

Άρτεμις IV
Μασκαράτα
Στο Τραίνο

 

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Changing the Story
River Work

Persephone to Demeter

You taught me to be good.

You loved my beauty
And the spirited way I embraced life,
Always questioning, but
Safe within your world.

There was no darkness;
The night terrors could never take hold,
With you there to whisper to me,
And gently stroke my cheek.

Then Hades came.
I wasn't warned.
Like a wind he stormed through every passage;
No fastening could keep him out.

I was devastated and forgot everything,
Tasting only the sweetness and bitterness
Of the fruit he gave me,
Which somehow seemed familiar
And reminded me of you.

Now a thing is growing in me
That I dread:
My dreams replaced by the cold
Certainty of life alone;
A new child in me.

Demeter,
You are angry with me for leaving,
And there is winter in your eyes.

May we not walk together
Like old friends, new-found,
Watching youth and age,
As they meet and separate
Through the long summer?

One day I'll have to lay you in the ground
And then I'll weep
Till all the rivers run into the sea
Full of my love for you, and yours for me.

Irene Noel-Baker (2009-12)