Quick 20 min charcoal and chalk drawing on black cartridge paper of Linzi reclining on cushions. A new experience/medium which I like very much. The inspiration behind the sketch was a poem by a fellow sufferer of MS called ’Demeter’s Lament’ by Diana Neutze in her collection of short poems: ‘Sleep of Death’
Demeter’s Lament by Diana Neutze
She mourned for her lost child
and would not be comforted.
Through the bitter days,
winter was in her heart,
glaciers and driven sleet
the companions of her grief.
The gods pitied at last the frozen wastes
and released Persephone
but the tell-tale pomegranate seeds
ensure year after year
nights lengthen, sunlight wavers
as Demeter waits out her daughter s exile.
Throughout the ages, mothers weep
enduring the blizzards of grief,
but the lost child has eaten
too freely of the underworld food
and cannot return to celebrate
the awakening spring.
The waiting vigil has no end.
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