Time moves quickly and slowly. Anyone who's ever taken a calculus class knows that. In "Persephone, Falling," we see how Persephone is overly anxious to grow up, while the mother wishes she could make time stand still. The title also reminds us that everything is happening in the present—right now. At the same time, the poem reminds us that everything we do is influenced by what happened in our past.
The mother is stuck in the past, wanting to stop her daughter from experiencing the passage of time and the danger and heartache that accompanies it.
The mother's advice is actually dangerous advice for the future. Girls should be bold—not meek.