becoming

…and then the shackles were suddenly broken…
she looked at those shreds of mist that had been chaining her soul,
now lying inert at her feet,
the sweetness of that curse removed,
voices screaming ‘freedom at last!’ within her head,
and for a moment fear dwelled within her heart…
now she had to learn the steps of a new life,
but she could barely stand on her feet…

…then her gaze moved upon him –
he had asked her something…now what was that?…

her name!…

she shook her head slowly, not remembering it,
but she wanted to give him a name…
and letters began to form on her lips…
a…
n…
and sound by sound a new being was born within her…
d…
r…
her soul changing its color…
o…
m…
and then the shape shifting was complete…
e…
d…
and he became hers…
a…

Andromeda was a princess from Greek mythology who, as divine punishment for her mother’s bragging, (the Boast of Cassiopeia) was chained to a rock as a sacrifice to a sea monster. She was saved from death by Perseus, her future husband. Her name is the Latinized form of the Greek Ἀνδρομέδη (Andromédē). The traditional etymology of the name is “to think of a man,” from ἀνήρ, ἀνδρός (anēr, andrós) “man” combined with μήδομαι (mēdomai) “to think, to be mindful of.”

© Liliana Negoi

…and then the shackles were suddenly broken…

she looked at those shreds of mist that had been chaining her soul,

now lying inert at her feet,

the sweetness of that curse removed,

voices screaming ‘freedom at last!’ within her head,

and for a moment fear dwelled within her heart…

now she had to learn the steps of a new life,

but she could barely stand on her feet…

…then her gaze moved upon him –

he had asked her something…now what was that?…

her name!…

she shook her head slowly, not remembering it,

but she wanted to give him a name…

and letters began to form on her lips…

a…

n…

and sound by sound a new being was born within her…

d…

r…

her soul changing its color…

o…

m…

and then the shape shifting was complete…

e…

d…

and he became hers…

a…

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