about pretty medusa


Pretty Medusa

Before Medusa was murdered
before she was hunted by man after man trying to make his dreams out of her death
before she was made into a monster
Medusa was a girl.

Just like today,

The kind of girl cursed
with the kind of beauty the gods can’t keep their hungry hands off of.

Pretty Medusa was just going to Athena's temple to pray,

When Poseidon saw her
When Poseidon caught her
When he used his power
to take her own body away.

Just like today.

Our hearts should break for Medusa.
Our blood should boil for her pain.

And Athena’s should have too,
But instead she made Medusa’s assault into a personal insult.
Buried empathy under offense
and decided that this girl who just wanted to pray deserved to be punished.

And so she had to suffer twice.
Just like today.

Athena turned pretty Medusa's silky hair to swarming snakes
changing the shape of her face
into something so hard to look at, it would turn any sympathetic glance to stone.

While Poseidon walked away.

Just like today.
the world always did confuse beauty for goodness
so Medusa became a monster.

Not enough to have her relive her old pain
brave men came to give her new ones.
To collect the ugly, disgusting, head of our pretty Medusa.

But Medusa’s mercy had been taken from her in the temple
so she killed them all.
Hair hissing as she overpowered every man.

I wish the myth ended there.

Medusa finally feeling safe
surrounded by the skeletons of those who tried to take.
A warning to men about the monsters they make.

But just like today
The gods wouldn’t walk away
until she was buried.

So they gave a new brave hero 
the pretty weapons he needed to kill the ugly beast

And he murdered pretty Medusa.
Freeing her from her head and life under assault with one swing.

As the murderer flew off with Medusa’s head in his hands
I can't help but think of it smiling with relief.

The first peace
she had since she went to the temple to pray.