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