OCTOBER 16: “MEDUSA”
The day you first entangled me
I promised God to give my body
a new home—
I am your kingdom,
my love, my body is yours to keep.
Why have you chosen to bury it alive,
compromise its beauty beneath
your tongue. I begin to think it is not
so kind to me, that slithering beast,
that grisly colossus, hiding inside
its cave. How long have I been begging
such a creature to save me?
My heart, my fearful, i did not choose
encasement; assure me the handprint
on my wrist is beautiful because it came from you
this life out of me.
Baby, barbarian, how dare you muzzle me
then beg me to find my way out
I heard you can never break
promises to God.
I am hoping he was not listening that
ABOUT THE POEM
In “Medusa,” Plath characterizes her lover as some sort of monster she is hoping to get rid of. I found this poem to be quite empowering. People often feel trapped by a love they believe is stronger than they are, and “Medusa” is Plath’s official message to her lover—there is no longer anything between them. My poem mirrors the cruel lover aspect of Plath’s poem, but is from the perspective of a speaker who does not yet know how to abandon him. Instead, the speaker in my poem places the power to choose herself on God entirely and finds no self-empowerment.