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“I am Lady Macbeth, trade milk for gall

Lilith and Eve, genesis of downfall

Wicked Witch of the West, stuff of nightmares

The Evil Queen, murderer of the fair

I am Cruella de Vil; psychotic,

Murderous, hater of dogs and laughter

“More women have been lost to marriage than

To war, famine, disease and disaster”

I am Medusa, Martian man-eater

Pandora, a curse on humanity

Mother of Wrath, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Pride,

Zeus’ nine muses of Lust and Envy”

When a girl is born, she is told to repeat the above without bias.

She drinks the poison and like lambs to the slaughter,

It binds to her blood and spreads like a virus

Into stolen smiles in the mirror and her own daughter.


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