• Vol. 10
  • Chapter 06

Wardrobe Essentials


Chiffon, georgette,
organza, voile –
diaphanous skirts
offer no defense,
but none is needed.

Strong, muscular
legs hold steady
beneath the frothy swirl,
hard as nacre,
carbon chemistry,
magic mother-of-pearl,
female protection
as potent as potions.

Even jellyfish,
dismissed as gelatinous blobs,
but known to be survivors,
sea crones with wisdom of the ages,
graceful dancers pulsing
with synchronous symmetry,
at one time, sported armor.


Wardrobe Essentials

Now, Medusa carries
her own poison,
paralyzes prey,
safeguards the softness
within, without.

can be a sign
of strength.