Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Alex Grehy @indigodreamers @darc_nina #LoH #fiction

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Medusa’s Veil  
by Alex Grehy


Centuries I was awake, my anger

screaming through your mythology,

until all you remembered were the

snakes and the statues, a killer of men,

so fearsome you came to believe I deserved 

the undeath brave Perseus inflicted on me.


Oh so brave Perseus, equipped with

boys’ toys from his godly pals, 

who attacked a woman asleep,

a woman resting from the tortures

wreaked on her by the powerful – 

raped, marked, punished,

left beyond the reach of love, 

forever reviled,

forever feared, 

never healed.


I hoped for justice where there 

was none; my dismembered

head dragged into the light, 

brandished as a deadly threat, 

my power stolen by strangers, 

whether I willed it or not.


Centuries I was awake, for what?


I urge my snakes to coil into roses,

a diadem to hold the veil of sorrows

that falls over my eyes as they close 

on a world unchanged; my marble face 

less rigid than the predilections of 

the powerful, who, even now, fear the

strength of women, confining us with their

definitions of what is right and beautiful.


All gods fall in the end, 

but I am done with them.


I sleep. 


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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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6 Responses to Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Alex Grehy @indigodreamers @darc_nina #LoH #fiction

  1. A very powerful poem! More people should know that Medusa was a victim, not a monster!

  2. Marge Simon says:

    Beautifully composed. Her tragic story lies with a deadly calm that is much more fierce than forceful. At last, she rests.

  3. Pingback: Publication News: Ladies of Horror Flash Project: Medusa’s Veil (dark poetry) – Alex Grehy Fiction

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