Xelam Kan

Medusa, The Myth Unfold - Poem by Xelam Kan

Suspend for a while your sense of query,
I am to tell you an old tragic story
Revealed unto my solemn heart
A myth that was wrongfully taught
In a far land of ancient Greece
Dwelt a highland lass in peace,
Fairer than Helen was she, in appearance
I, in lines few reveal unto you
Her virtue and her acquaintance.

Gentle to all young and old
By heaven and earth she was extolled,
In youth she served the goddess`s temple
From soul to heart was innocent ample,
Vanity and vengeance from a heavenly figure*
Eroded the life of this maiden fair,
For the sin of temptation of heavenly race**
She was cursed and horridly deface
With venomous vipers, rattling around her neck,
That turned a being into rock
With her noxious gaze and look.

The anguish that never had quenched
A fragrance that turned into a stinky stench,
As she refused the gods to be wench.
A rustic figure with crying heart
Ah! Demon and monster she was thought.

Her cheer and bloom
Melted like a mist and made her gloom,
Her sole recreation in that dreadful park
Was to scrub and scratched dust from rock.
For years of infinity
She was blest with malevolent charity
Till Perseus the Demi-god
Beheaded her and ceased her life odd.

Poet's Notes about The Poem

Twisted a bit the Medusa's theme, and it's purely fancies of mine, nothing to deal with the real myth.
*Minerva or Athena…goddess of wisdom, strength, justice and crafts
** Neptune. Roman god of water and sea.....

For further study please consults: The Beauty of the Medusa, ' by Jerome McGann.

Comments about Medusa, The Myth Unfold by Xelam Kan

  • Bri Edwards (5/5/2015 9:19:00 PM)

    With venomous vipers, rattling around her neck,
    That turned a being into rock
    With her noxious gaze and look.

    you know, perhaps, that many of the so-called Greek statues were not carved out of stone, but were actually living beings turned into stone by Medusa's gaze. kind of like the effect my first wife had on a few people.

    this poem now resides also in my (bri edwards') PH A Showcase For PH Poets [May edition]. thanks for sharing it with my readers, Xelam.

    i especially enjoyed reading these lines, especially as they rhymed: ............

    T.he anguish that never had quenched
    A fragrance that turned into a stinky stench,
    As she refused the gods to be wench................'stench' reminds me of my SECOND wife. :) :) :)

    Perhaps Perseus will do the same favor for us someday.

    bri :)
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  • Gul Rukhsar (1/8/2013 2:09:00 AM)

    Great poem indeed!
    Liked it but never read about Medusa, first time to get to know about her, curious!
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  • (12/16/2012 3:58:00 AM)

    Excellent and narrative of thoughts not much known to the poets like me. It is a work of great didactic value and has to be one of your best poems... All the best Mr John (Report) Reply

  • (12/7/2012 11:56:00 PM)

    another brilliant poem from a brilliant poet................. (Report) Reply

  • Connor Whyte (12/7/2012 4:00:00 PM)

    Simply A Medusa story very organized and easy to understand a great Greek poem. (Report) Reply

  • Shahzia Batool (12/7/2012 10:51:00 AM)

    Mythical figures & episodes are not out-dated ones rather we find them closely connected to the modern life full of ordeals; i don't see any contrariness but perceive life as mythology itself, of course i don't mean any blasphemy, and i never will, but is not a common modern man an Odysseus? is not life today an odyssey? all the roman & greek classical versions of myth can be symbolically connected to our own life full of trials...
    for the first line, Suspend for a while your sense of query, i try to develop my poetic faith, in the words of Coleridge, to procure the willing suspension of disbelief for a moment, and enter this modern profile of the classical medusa...Good job of course, it was not easy.
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  • S.zaynab Kamoonpuri (12/7/2012 4:59:00 AM)

    Medusa who had serpents in place of hair was beautiful? U do bring d ancient greek mythology to life with yor fine narrative fable. Do tell me if my votes show. (Report) Reply

  • (12/7/2012 4:13:00 AM)

    The same Great and gorgeous Gulsherian style, so nicely u described that fairy-cum-monster. A beautifully told tale and a fabulous flow of words, great write and pleasent to read, hats off to u John.
    Bright Morn
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  • Vishal Sharma (12/5/2012 10:54:00 AM)

    i am unable to understand the poem..sorry (Report) Reply

  • Tajudeen Shah (12/5/2012 6:13:00 AM)

    Wonderful, dear GulJohn. Medusa is immortal. she might be gallivanting in some old rocky caverns of legendary Greece, or even clinging on a rough scaled viper, still counting the beads of ages for a real rebirth! No characters, whether mythological, or pure mortal, would ever move beyond the hard scribbled destiny! (I have read a similar fate in a hindu mythological character too, who had turned a boulder by curse, later when the feet of Lord Rama touched her, got cleared off the curse and turned a woman of immense charm; Ahalya her name!
    You, the blessed bard who has emancipated Medusa from the obnoxious clutches of mythology, sure will be chased to adorn her remaining mortal life! Of course, your verses if flow across her parents, Phorkys and Keto would sure to be proud of you as a nephew? (smile) . See, desire has always been a cause of misery in history! She wanted to gaze the sunny south, which caused her get stricken by the envy of the Goddess of Wisdom! See, history stands a solid witness, wisdom too has been envious! I am not in favor of Perseus at all as he has conquered the nation of those women; whether they devils or not; The Gorgons. He has all the curses of her sisters still lingering.
    I am sad at the story though, but your skill of deliberate twist to drive one stick to the versification is called Pure Art Form. Bravo! Some mechanics of wring to be minded, I request. At one part to sound the meter, one ‘a ‘is missing. Please consider; though they are not of much relevance.
    Great Read. Full of love and regards, dear GulJohn
    (good that i had it clipped!)
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  • Hazel Durham (12/5/2012 5:54:00 AM)

    A very enjoyable tale of beauty / goodness versus evil with a tragic end, with amazing flair of delivery of words and with your beautiful style of writing. Inspired write! ! (Report) Reply

  • Nasarudheen Parameswaran (12/5/2012 5:46:00 AM)

    Evil shall be removed; it is a western concept, but evil be removed by virtueA good narrative. (Report) Reply

  • Unwritten Soul (12/4/2012 7:14:00 PM)

    Medusa, blind the shadow with the eyes of brightness...The myth of adoration, done in poetry with perfection..running on the paper as it revealed the fancies of poet...Again it alive from folded history, a myth and ancient story in a version where the rhyme build up for once again to Medusa stand and proud, very nice job Gulsher_Soul (Report) Reply

  • Stevie Taite (12/4/2012 3:10:00 PM)

    You made this myth work very well as a poem! Cleverly done! (Report) Reply

  • Titi Dale (12/4/2012 2:48:00 PM)

    Hi Gulsher.
    I'm glad you could finish this poem, and it is great! You express stories in a great poetic style.
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  • April Swan (my Diary Of Bitterweet Chocolate) (12/4/2012 1:26:00 PM)

    AMAZING! ! ! I admit that this poem is my favorite so far. I loved how you told this story in such a buetifal poetic fashion.
    A delight to read.
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  • Asif Andalib (12/4/2012 11:09:00 AM)

    Beautiful flow and rhyme. Wonderfully depicted mythical Medusa's lifestory. I enjoyed reading it a lot (Report) Reply

  • Jahan Zeb (12/4/2012 9:56:00 AM)

    Fairer than Helen was she in appearance.... The friend has found another princess.

    A work from a philosophic poet. I love the theme carried to its end. smooth and with music. You are (Zehnically) (hahahahaha) mentally a learned person. I love you deal with different stories in different poetic stlye. Loved this short elegy.
    The beauty is praised so nicely with strong praises.

    That turned a being into rock
    With her noxious gaze and look

    Nice Gulsher
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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Poem Edited: Wednesday, July 17, 2013

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