To Stone

From skin
to scales
did Medusa turn.
Her beauty,
once legend,
did tempt
the greatest God
of the sea
and in her ruination
sowed the seeds
of rage
in the wisdom
of the Owl.
Though a curse,
to be sure,
who is to say
that such a hex
could not also
serve partly
as a gift?
By force
was Medusa’s innocence taken;
could it not also be said
that by turning all
who look upon her
to stone
that Athena saved her
from ever being ravaged


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