Melantho’s Lament


Villainess, serpent, wretch--
They pain me with words,
Even after death
How could we be birds,
With nooses 'round our necks?

Battle, struggle, fight--
Our penance was this:
He took away our lives
Twelve lifeless bodies swinging
A pitiful sight

Remember, think, recall--
My lover with the others,
Blood streaming from the hall
My precious older brother,
Hanging from the wall

Silence, darkness, grime--
Now we wander Hades,
Empty for all time
Whispering to each other,
"Did the punishment fit the crime?"

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I am a high school student at Lyons Township. I live in the Chicago suburbs with my family, which consists of my parents and three siblings. When I am not writing, I participate in cross-country, track, and the speech team. "Melantho's Lament" was inspired by The Odyssey and its repressed female characters.