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Aspects of the Goddess
by Alex Grehy
I am the goddess incarnate, infinite, glorious.
Why did you forget that? Did you ever know?
Let me teach you now.
When we first met, I was the maiden, still in school,
pure, accomplished, role model, leader, top of the class.
The goddess of wisdom lived in me, cultured, shrewd.
Why did you just see a plaything?
We married, young, by the blessing of our parents;
I, a gift given, much more than the worth of my dowry
The abundant goddess lived in me, wealthy, optimistic.
Why did you just see the gold?
Your betrayals aged me, long before the years could wreak
their havoc, as you paraded in public with your mistresses.
The mother goddess raged in me, furious, frustrated.
Why did you just see an unworthy husk?
I conceived a child, from love, not by your seed, but by
your example, as your bastards brashly roamed the town.
The mother goddess grew in me, nurturing, satisfied.
Why did you just see your honour shamed?
You threw acid in my face, beat me, sought to break me;
My son, born in a savage tide of blood, torn from life too soon.
The goddess of justice rose in me, wrathful, fierce.
Why did you just see a transgressor crushed?
I smile, my eyes downcast, focused on my task. I carve
these lessons in your flesh, deep, deeper, you have a lot to learn.
The unbroken goddess fulfills me, triumphant, vengeful, free.
Why did you just see me as your property?
Blood dyes your skin brighter than henna as I carve the last design,
then cleanse the cuts with lemon juice, and hold the mirror high.
The goddess of death is in me now, do you finally see?
Fiction © Copyright Alex Grehy
Image courtesy of Pixabay.com
More from author Alex Grehy:
After a lifetime of writing technical non-fiction, Alex Grey is fulfilling her dream of writing poems and stories that engage the reader’s emotions. Her work has been featured by a wide range of publications including Siren’s Call, Raconteur, Bookends Review, and Toasted Cheese. One of her comic poems is also available via a worldwide network of public fiction dispensers managed by French publisher, Short Edition. Her ingredients for contentment are narrow boating, greyhounds, singing and chocolate. It is a sweet life, yet Alex’ original view of the world has led to her best friend to say ‘For someone so lovely, you’re very twisted!
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