Battling the Gorgons of Deceit & Fear

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Just over a year ago, I intended to post this poem. Tonight, it felt fitting. How easily I allow deceit to choke my peace! How easily I simply give up, rather than fight on despite the odds, frustrations, or fears. It’s just easier to believe the lie or kneel to fear.

The Greco-Roman myths, full of flawed humans and atrocious divine beings, can still provide us with inspiration. As I’ve said before, I would never wish to worship these so-called gods, but I have been drawn to the stories of some of the great heroes such as Odysseus (see Tennyson’s Ulysses, for example) and Perseus. It’s why I’ve spent the past few years writing songs about many of the most recognized constellations, which you can find under the “Songs” tab at the top of the page.

Here, it is Perseus who emboldens me to rise above my own propensity to cave to lies and fear. If you are familiar with the myth, one look at Medusa (a gorgon) turned the gazer to stone. Perseus, armed with a mirrored shield from Athena, beheads Medusa, and from her decapitated body spring Pegasus and Chrysaor. For me, it is a reminder that I need to see things more clearly so that I may battle my own gorgons and from the subtle serpents of fear and deception, release hope and purpose.

Battling Gorgons

Vincent H. Anastasi - 2015

Pernicious the root
that chokes this peace;
persistent deceit
that probes beneath

All ploddingly tread
beneath the curse;
the penance we pay
from empty purse

Dim-mirrored the hope
shadowed unknown,
the terror still turns
all hearts to stone

Oh, Perseus rise
with polished shield
that venomous lies
may be revealed

and loose from her neck
both head and horse
that winged we may fly
a truer course

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