Maxine Hanks' "Medusa's Prayer" (1990)

Our mother in heaven is hidden
fear hushed her hallowed name;
no queen to come,
her will undone on earth
has shut her in the heavens,
has given us medusa
by rumor spread, to daily tread
where few will dare trespass
this trespass against us.
Leave us not, but let us tempt thee out,
Deliver us from dread and denial,
for thou art medusa in the kingdom
of the power and glory of men
forever.

NOTE: Line 11 was left out of the original publication, but reinserted due to a request from the author herself.


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