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She was once a beautiful maiden
whose hair was her chief glory,
but as she dared to vie in beauty
with Athena, the mighty goddess

Who deprived her of her charms
and changed her beautiful ringlets
into hissing and wiggling serpents.
A maiden was turned into a Monster

She became a cruel monster of
so frightening an aspect that
no living thing could behold her
without being turned into stone.

All around the cavern where she dwelt
might be seen the stone figures of men
and animals which had chanced to catch
a glimpse of her and had been petrified
with the sight of the hideous monster.

Perseus favored by Athena and Hermes,
the former of whom lent him her shield
and the latter gave him his winged shoes,
approached Medusa while she slept,

Taking care not looking directly at her,
but guided by her image reflected
in the bright shield which he bore,
he cut off her head and killed her.

He gave the head to the goddess Athena,
who fixed it in the middle of her Aegis
which she wore over her breastplate.
Once more the world was a safe place

Kris ~ Dreamweaver

I carry a small mirror now.
One cannot be too careful.

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