Melusine, Serpent Woman,Water Spirit, Legend, The fairy Pressyne, Lusignan, Motherhood, Family, Grief, Separation, Alienation, Betrayal, Trust, Faith, Eternity (1,871 words recount the fairy woman’s story.)
What body, what home, what trust
cannot be broken?
“The Estrangement of Melusine”
A Fairy Tale in Verse
A tale of alienation and of grief:
the woman as serpent,
divided in body,
from any home, from every love,
and from God.
Praise for Becca Menon’s Melusine
“The poet of ‘Melusine’ manages the difficult trick of writing in a voice that’s both archaic and contemporary, the voice of the teller of tales. The story is old; the magic in it is traditional magic; but she gives the magic a contemporary theological spin, and the snake-woman of so many tales becomes our mirror. And how deftly she uses form.” — Alicia Suskin Ostriker, Poet, Critic, Midrashist
Is there love that knows no betrayal? Is there love that forgives?
Is there love?
No wonder the fairy Melusine was sad: she didn’t know JUMBO THE ELEPHANT.