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Aigerim Bibol : Poetry Collection




Medusa


They called her a monster,

transformed from fair maiden into foul creature


A girl whose beauty rivaled that of the gods themselves,

whose name was whispered in equal awe and envy


Powerless against Poseidon’s lustful desires,

her sacred sanctuary was seized by his merciless grip


Blamed for the sea god’s sins,

she bore Athena’s wrath, her suffering a scapegoat for his violation


Banished from the realm of man, she wandered a path unknown,

a lost soul longing for a home in a world turned against her


Her once luscious tresses now venomous serpents,

writhing and twisting in perpetual torment


Her once lovely blue eyes now cursed with a petrifying gaze,

turning strangers and lovers alike into cold, unyielding stone


Her once wide-eyed innocence stolen by fate’s cruel hand,

a cautionary tale for those who dare to defy divine authority


In a garden once blooming with flowers, now a graveyard of statues,

her name was whispered in terror and contempt


Young Perseus, hailed as a hero, held her head like a trophy,

a weapon forged from a woman’s pain, forever displayed on Athena’s shield


Oh, Medusa, how your tears fall,

silent rivers of sorrow


Did they hear your cries of agony,

lost in the echoes of despair?


Did they ever stop to wonder about the heart

hidden behind the viper’s hiss?


Did it even occur to them that you didn’t have a choice,

bound by the whims of gods with no concern for your grief?


It must have been lonely on that island,

forced into a lifetime of solitude


Fearing your reflection, a cruel reminder of the price you paid

for being a pawn in their game


Cursed for your beauty and slain for your lack thereof,

forever remembered as the villain in your own story


They called her a monster, but she was just a girl



About the Author:


Aigerim Bibol is a high school junior from the DC area. She is an editor for Polyphony Lit

Magazine, The Trailblazer Literary Magazine, Peiskos Literary Magazine, and a BreakBread

Literary Apprentice. When she’s not reading or writing, she can be found singing along to Taylor Swift, binge-watching Gilmore Girls, and drinking copious amounts of coffee.

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