Epistrophia by Deborah L. Davitt

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Narrated by Deborah L. Davitt

Epistrophia by Deborah L. Davitt
Illustration by Sue Babcock
No gentle rain falls;
            no mercy in these heavens.
Sulfuric acid
            sheets from above to score us,
            but never touches the ground.

Crushing pressure kills,
            and scorching temperatures soar.
No love to be found;
            no compassion, no pity.
            She lost her heart long ago.

Barren, moonless world,
            echoing the fury left
in the goddess’ heart
            at her division from Mars.
            Sundered, she rages,

clutches her secrets
            to herself, wears heavy veils,
and strikes down all who
            dare to look upon her face—
            Venus, transformed to Gorgon.


BIO: Deborah L. Davitt was raised in Reno, Nevada, but received her MA in English from Penn State, where she taught rhetoric and composition before becoming a technical writer in industries including nuclear submarines, NASA, and computer manufacturing. She currently lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband and son. For more about her work, please see www.edda-earth.com.