Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Medusa Redux

She didn’t want a thing
from him. He wanted all
she was—her thoughts, her eyes, her heart, her tongue, her teeth…
To live,
she took his head.


“Medusa”, by Luciano Garbati

 for Poets and Storytellers United (Weekly Scribblings #2:Myth-Placed)

31 comments:

  1. I read the tal of Medusa, i remember her hair being live snakes. I have to read it again
    Happy Wednesday

    Much✏❤✏love

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  2. Eyes like a weapon with snakes on her head.. this is fiery and powerful, Magaly dearest!❤️ A magnificent telling of the mythological tale.

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  3. What right did he have to what she is? Wanting everything but giving nothing? Who needs him anyway! One less monster to worry about. I feel like she is holding on to power that is rightfully hers - I'm also feeling a little righteous wrath on her behalf.

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    1. I've always wonder why in so many myths and fairy tales people often cheer for unjustified killing, for thievery, and all sorts of nastiness. Medusa didn't deserve the be a tool. So, yeah, I'm right there with your in "feeling a little (or a lot of) righteous wrath on hr behalf."

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  4. Oh how powerful is this tale as much as the photo depicts

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  5. I always thought Medusa got a raw deal. That statue makes me happy and so does this wee poem. May she live long, and may that head serve as a warning to others.

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    1. I squealed the first time I saw this statue. And not just because she's holding a sword that seems to be cousin of a machete. 😁

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  6. Glad to see Medusa win one for a change!

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  7. Powerful image ... equally powerful words. Brava!

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  8. ... and there you have it! Ha!

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  9. An interesting revision of Medusa or perhaps this was before she met Perseus? I going to have to brush up on my Greek mythology because it's been a long time since I've read deeply. Thanks for your version, Magaly.

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    1. I think that if this retelling of Medusa's myth had happened before Perseus came looking for her head, then she would've probably been standing by a stone statue. I think this one would come later. After she got tired of being used, and said, "Enough."

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  10. Throughout history, men have tried to possess strong women, the reviled, hunted and murdered them when they resisted or retaliated. I love the way you’ve twisted the myth, so short and sweet, Magaly. And you chose a magnificent statue to illustrate your poem!

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    1. Thank you, Kim. And I couldn't agree more, the statue is a incredible. I really want to get myself one of his small replicas.

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  11. Succinct and powerful - you really delivered the story of the statue

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  12. Bravo! For the real Medusa as distinct from the vilified version, and for you for (re-)writing her tale.

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  13. Good move on her part. A woman who knows how to use her power.

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  14. I think there is bad in your post, ALL bad for her. Dependency of hers is the worst.
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  15. I love your line breaks which give so much power to the poem.

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