The Gorgon’s Wedding

A hiss of hair uncoils from its lavish cage
of silk and lace. She guards her stare,
lowers turquoise lids, coated lashes brush
pale powered skin. Friends and family
gather, and then he’s standing there
with his best man, in matching corsages
and the darkest sunglasses. He turns to her
with a smile and love lights up her eyes.
The murmur in the room becomes a moan
as the wedding guests are turned to stone.

Kim M. Russell, 5th April 2022

Medusa by Arnold Böcklin, circa 1878 – image found on Wikipedia

I enjoy myths and legends, so today’s prompt grabbed my imagination. We are writing poems about mythical people or creatures doing something unusual. For example, what does Hercules do when he loses a sock in the dryer? If a mermaid wants to pick up rock-climbing as a hobby, how does she do that? What happens when a mountain troll makes pancakes? And then I remembered something I wrote six years ago that fits the bill but needed some work on it.

14 thoughts on “The Gorgon’s Wedding

Leave a Reply to kim881 Cancel reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.