Medusa, Beautiful Young Priestess Seduced and Cursed

Medusa ~

Medusa
Medusa

 

For all time she will wear the mark
Athena placed upon her head,
Once beautiful banned to the dark,
Became fearsome omen of dread.

Medusa, lovely young maiden
Born to the family of Gorgons,
Phorcys and his sister played in
Deities Underworld beyond.

Beyond in Kisthene’s dreadful plain,
Sisters three were sinfully born
After Phorcys and Ceto had lain
Together without care or scorn.

Fair cheeked Medusa so lovely,
Unlike sisters of beastly head
Covered with snakes and so ugly
Who lived in a cave with the dead.

To Athena did this beauty
Plead to be a Priestess of chaste
In the temple of purity
Never in life to ever taste

Never to taste pleasures of man
Or lowly ways of earthly love
Be Priestess of purity and
Serve Athena, goddess above.

Posiedon saw and did desire
Lovely Medusa in lust.
In the temple he did rape her
Athena knew of act unjust.

Enraged Athena turned maiden
Into a monster, nose like hawks
Hideous face, head was laden
With snakes instead of golden locks.

Once was desired by mortal man
Now turned into a beast to dread
Perseus came to slay the Gorgon
And returned home with her head.
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© 2016 Phyllis Doyle Burns

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I have always liked to write.It is important to me that I write with spirit and heart. When writing poetry, if I do not feel a spiritual connection to what I am writing on, I will discard it and go on to something I can connect with on a spiritual level. I live in the moment, I write from the past or beyond the veil. When writing fiction I go with whatever inspires me at the moment - it could be funny, sorrowful, romantic or sometimes done with the use of colloquial language from mountain folk or other cultural regions. Thank you for visiting.
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I have always liked to write. It is important to me that I write with spirit and heart. When writing poetry, if I do not feel a spiritual connection to what I am writing on, I will discard it and go on to something I can connect with on a spiritual level. I live in the moment, I write from the past or beyond the veil. When writing fiction I go with whatever inspires me at the moment - it could be funny, sorrowful, romantic or sometimes done with the use of colloquial language from mountain folk or other cultural regions. Thank you for visiting.

2 thoughts on “Medusa, Beautiful Young Priestess Seduced and Cursed

  • October 8, 2016 at 1:19 AM
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    I do love Greek mythology and the vivid stories thereof, and so I love this of Medusa, a sad tale and an image that has lasted centuries, those snakes for locks. Nicely penned in a classic mythological verse Phyllis. Love it!

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    • October 8, 2016 at 1:42 AM
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      Great ! Thank you, Tony. I love Greek mythology, too. I have studied it for years and can really get lost in it. So glad you love this poem.

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