Poem: “Medusa”


Medusa slain by Perseus,
To gaze would turn a king to stone,
Revolting head with eyes of glass
The face it showed you had to own

It showed the one you really were,
Schemes, evasions, lies exposed,
And this the horrid power of her:
Severed head, the truth of those

Still the mirror shows the real
Interior two-facedness,
Head that’s fixed to guard the shield
That turns to stone our stoniness

If we would live then we must tell
The truth of us to break the spell

March 28, 2011

Pavel Chichikov is a Washington DC-based poet and photographer. He has written for both the secular and the Catholic press on issues as diverse as Russian nuclear weapons systems, Olympic athletes, and miracles. His books include From Here to Babylon: Poems by Pavel Chichikov,  Lion Sun: Poems by Pavel Chichikov, Mysteries and Stations in the Manner of Ignatius, and Animal Kingdom. Pavel may be heard reading his works on catholicradiointernational.com and on pavelreads.com. His poetry regularly appears on "The Poetry of Pavel Chichikov."