Threnody

By Mary Maxwell

 

(This poem accompanies the essay "A Motherís Meter," by Mary Maxwell '81 in the Winter 1999 issue of the Bryn Mawr Alumnae Bulletin.)

 

In interweaving circles children A B remember

C D with their feet little girls E F G clap their hands

in draped garments sing the alphabet song inter-

weaving a dance H whose movements I significance

dithyrambic J K Demeter literacy circles is that

L M N mysterious game only grown-ups O know

how to play dithyrambic movements but since

there exists no complete P Q written R record S T of

those early dances in interweaving circles only

U fragments V the daughters of Demeter dance lost

dithyrambic movements fragile draped songs

from childhood garments once beloved but forgotten

daughters abandoned Demeter now deemed

W insignificant X in circles Y dancing Z little girls.



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