is one that has been poured over
pulling apart each letter until it is
not a letter
shared and split down the middle
should have been
hers to tell
but it has not been
so I will attempt to do her justice.
Maybe she needed to become a monster
at least metaphorically
she needed to become
of scales and snakes and scars
unwilling to let this broken person emerge
from a broken history
dead before she could break.
Maybe she was already a monster
before the curse even touched her skin
hardened by a world that wanted her dead
or no longer innocent
no facade of control
no feeling of control
Maybe the title of monster was a blessing,
a way of surviving
breathing when told to suffocate
allowing her to break free of the cage
she was born in
big enough to not know that it's there
until you grow
and it does not.
Maybe monster is not an insult to women
with snakes in their hair.