Of course, for me this kind of winter weather speaks of the journey of Persephone. The deeper she descends the harsher the winter for us as her mother mourns her leaving. But my favorite winter prayer is not for Demeter nor Persephone, but Zeus her father. This is by Alcaeus, a contemporary of Sappho.
Rain falls from Zeus, and out of the sky a greatI will defy the storm indeed.
winter storm comes; the streams are frozen
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Defy the storm, lay wood upon
the fire, mix the honey-sweet wine
unstintingly, and about your temples
place a headband of soft wool