Norma Jeane: the Sad, Bitter Girl Behind Marilyn

Marilyn Monroe, a “sex symbol”, hated sex and seldom knew orgasm; she’d suffered sexual abuse by at least two foster fathers when she was a child.

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Weep Not, Banshees

A brief study into the original role of the banshee and her human counterpart, the wailing woman.

Deirdre of the Sorrows, You’re Not to Blame

After I wrote this poem as an homage to the heroine of this tragic tale from ancient Ireland, I enjoy the tale of Deirdre more now that I have put some research and detail into it.

She was the daughter of the court poet of King Conchobhar of Ulster, and at her birth the court prophet foretold that she would be the fairest in the land but that kings and lords would war over her, much blood would be spilt because of her, and Ulster’s three finest warriors would be forced into exile for her sake and die. While the king’s army demanded that the baby be killed, King Conchobhar was taken by the description of her beauty and, not exactly thinking with his brain, decided to have her raised in seclusion, away from other men, and would marry her once she was of age. But things didn’t go as he thought they would…