Sunday, June 11, 2017

Medusa's Mask of Righteous Rage by Kerryn Coombs-Valeontis

Medusa's Mask (shield) of Righteous Rage
Kerryn Coombs-Valeontis

i wear medusa’s mask
the righteous rage of it—(not righteous indignation
or anger—it is more furious than that)
because you can’t go around
being that angry—it needs a shield or it would
wither those who bothered with it
or tripped over it
it does burn those who look in—
those who love me most, do that
and i burn again each time, with
them—yet it is my ally
defending me in the loneliness
of being right—a victims place
of vindication
her only option when such violation
blows the circuit breaker of truth
but i sometimes dream of winged
horses and think I can feel feathers
brush my face… 

©Kerryn Coombs-Valeontis, an excerpt from the upcoming girl god anthology, Re-visioning Medusa: from Monster to Divine Wisdom.

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