Ceres Looks at the Morning by Eavan Boland

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After losing a loved one, one may feel as if one is stumbling through an infinite darkness. No one is more familiar with this feeling than the mother; every mother must deal with the loss of losing her daughter. After years of caring and loving for their daughters, mothers must ultimately loosen the bonds of love and allow their daughters to explore the world for themselves. However, unlike other mothers, Ceres is forced to let go of her daughter Persephone prematurely, because Persephone is abducted by Hades. Ceres tries to take her beloved daughter back by blackmailing Zeus with an eternal winter; indeed for Ceres, it certainly puts the world in her shoes. The world seems all the more foul when it is rejoicing at a time of one’s grief. Ceres’ winter is solid and cold; this may demonstrate to why there are shorter days and longer nights in the winter. However, her winter is betrayed by time itself. Ceres must “wake slowly,” and learn to face her loss, no matter how painful, because “a summer day is beginning,” and time stops for no one. When Ceres does confront the world, she sees a world so utterly contrasting and conflicting with her current mindset. Even with that great rift in her heart, the world continues to live on, and the “apple trees appear, one by one.” Had she been spiteful, Ceres would have cursed the apples as ironic reminders of the fruit that ultimately sentenced her daughter to Hell (reference to Eavan Boland’s The Pomegranate.) However, Ceres has truly learned to put aside her anguish and can be merciful, and she sees the apples as the symbols of a new beginning. The light is enveloping the world in all of its glory, and it “is pouring/ into the promise of fruit.” She can revel in the fact that there is still hope for her daughter. With every winter, there must also be a summer to cleanse the dreary sentiments that have arisen. Ceres’ summer will inevitably come as well, because indeed, time stops for no one. However, even if Ceres accepts her...
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