Day 8: M’s

This piece is all about the title.

Medusa and Marilyn

I’m not comfortable under your skin

It smothers me

It is too tight, your hair a weight

down my back, it

shadows my eyes

You are too beautiful, beauty hurts

sure as a stare

Give me snakes for hair

to petrify the world

Buildings are trees I’ve faced, windows the leaves

the bark frooze to brick

Give the camera your best Hollywood smile

The lens a stone well, the pebble of the flash

sings its splash of appaulse

My skirt flares, and Stonehenge

coughs up the blood of virgins

wetting my throat

My life soaked in quotations

The radio’s spiel separates out into polished jade

song syllables rattle in the sink

a waterfall of salty rock

My home; shells

the wind

How many grains of sand, can you fit

to your palm? Measure them out

Careful as ounces of flour

You are weighing my heart.

Link to Greek mythology behind Medusa:


The Stirred quad is formed of Rebecca Audra Smith, Anna Percy, Jasmine Chatfield and Lenni Sanders.

Posted in NAPOWRIMO Becca, Poetry Scrawls

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