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by Joan McNerney 

If you touch Medusa

her serpents will wrap

themselves around you.

She soars through water

with giant wings gold fins.

Hundreds of snakes

crawling from her head.



Some long to be near

Medusa to hear her hissing

lisping songs forgetful.

She can suck blood from

throats coiling minds

past infinity before

they breathe again.

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