Terrible Beauty

Your beautiful long silken hair    
So captivates the eyes that stare  
All mortal men and one who must
Defile you to serve his lust

Virgin priestess you are no more  
Corrupted on the temple floor
Your purity Poseidon took
Where Athena would never look

In her temple you brought disgrace    
Now ugliness shall be your face
Athena's wrath comes with a curse
Of banishment and even worse

A writhing mass of snakes for hair      
Skin of the dead your bones will wear
Eyes sunken like the blackest hole
A darting tongue you can't control

Hideous fangs and dragon's claws
Pursuing food up cavern walls
You'll slither with a serpent's sway    
Strike at shadows that come your way

Forever will you live alone
One sight of you turns all to stone
To loneliness you’ll be a slave    
And wander through the dimmest cave  

Endless twilight will fill your days
With tortured souls caught in your gaze
Stuck in terror are men who tried    
To take your life before they died
Frozen faces from past mistakes      
Of those who looked at hissing snakes
Screaming statues so real they blush  
Where lovely gardens were once so lush

Loathsome Gorgon beyond rescue
All of the gods abandoned you
Her jealousy holds you to blame    
For all the years of constant shame  

The day will come when she will send
A demigod to meet your end
A mighty blow will lift your head
Right off your neck and strike you dead
Written by Mourningcloak
Published | Edited 24th Oct 2013
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