Sunday, April 20, 2014

Caught In The Stream: Medusa

Caught In The Stream: medusa:
This Medusa tree,
its viper's nest of limbs,
their tender green tongues
slipping free, freezes me.

This morning, surfing the net, I came across this post by Francis Scudellari, poet extraordinaire. I love the way his images of hair, snakes, tree limbs, and tongues play against each other. Also he contrasts the notion of youth and growth (nest; tender; green) with the malevolence of Medusa, expressed through the paralytic toxin of snakebites (the snakes, and their tongues "slip free"). Wonderful poem!

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