Women Poetry: Brenda Mohammed, Trinidad & Tobago

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Brenda Mohammed

Medusa was a beautiful woman raped and scorned.
A victim of patriarchal leadership into which she was born.
Her beautiful hair was turned into a head of snakes,
Because of a lustful Greek God’s crime and mistakes.

Throughout history she has been portrayed as a monster.
Beheaded by Perseus for something that was done to her.
She was an innocent, helpless, and powerless woman.
Who was referred to in all classics as the dread Gorgon.

It’s time in this modern day to de-myth the Greek mythology.
And spread the news throughout the world about the true story.
Women have always been stigmatized and blamed for male lust.
Let us open our eyes and turn this sexual stigma into dust.

Medusa’s story has raised many questions by modern day women.
Was it she who desecrated the temple of Minerva, or was it Poseidon?
Why did Goddess Minerva turn her face away and pretend not to see?
Medusa is our protector and guardian and not a monstrosity. 


Neptune’s lustful eyes fell on the pretty maiden.
As she worshipped in Minerva’s temple, her haven.
He raped her, and the Goddess made her an example. 
Medusa was blamed for desecrating the temple.

In the vilest way, vengeance on Minerva she takes.
Turning her golden ringlets into phallic snakes.
When men looked at her they turned into stone
Never again could they return to their home.

The only man who had success was Perseus.
From her neck sprang the winged horse, Pegasus
He decapitated her head and used it for protection.
Minerva designed a motif of the head to prevent destruction.

Medusa became a protector to both man and woman.
A fashion company portrays her in a modern manifestation.
For the woman of today, Medusa is an image of sexual oppression.
Let us tell the true story and stop the stigmatization of woman.

Brenda Mohammed, a former Bank Manager from Trinidad is a multi-award-winning bestselling author of 24 books, and Founder of the group How to Write for Success. She is also Regional Director – Operations- Motivational Strips with writers from 106 countries. She was inducted into the Indie Author's Wall of Fame in January 2020.  Motivational Strips conferred on her THE PEACOCK oPINION Honour, the first order and distinguished honour that falls under LEVEL 1 in terms of all honours summed up. Brenda was also honoured by the Peru Government for Excellence in Literature, by the Seychelles Government for her Literary skills, and was awarded World Laureate in Literature and World Poetic Star by World Nations Writers’ Union.

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