Headless and Free

Look into my marbled eyes
You won’t turn to stone
You will only glimpse
Through the mist of mythology
Your once invisible identity.
For I am there in every woman
Who suffers a Perseus in her life – –
Her dream to be herself
Slain, with her screaming soul, daily
By the sword of patriachy.
Here I stand: I am Medusa
Snakeless daughter of the sea
Cursed and raped
I gave birth to winged creativity – –
Forever lovely, headless and free.
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About VijayNair

I retired as Associate Professor, Department of English, Government Victoria College Palakkad, Kerala. I taught English Language and Literature in various colleges for 31 years. My Ph.D. thesis was on the plays of Wole Soyinka. My collections of verse include "The City and the Hermitage" (1988), "Doors Swing Open" (2008), "Eyes" (2010) and "Whispers of Light in Darkness" (2013). My poems have also appeared in the International Anthologies "I am a Poet" (2013), "With Love" (2013), "Synthesis" (2014) "Poetic Symphonies" (2015) and "Heavenly Hymns" (2015).

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