medusa’s head

we live in a world
where we celebrate
perseus slaying medusa
the fearsome gorgon
yet forget she only
became a monster
after she was raped
by poseidon and
cursed by athena
for her simple crime
of daring speak out
against those in power

i watch the news
villify the victims
and i can’t help
imagining perseus
riding on that winged
bastard of divine rape
parading medusa’s head
as a reminder that
the victors write
the annals of history
and the atrocities
become nothing more
than propaganda and lies

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