On Seas and Mirrors by Pamelyn Casto

Angler fish are almost all mouth and dangling from their huge orifices
are lights that illuminate the dark abyss and lure food to their hungry
maws. When young, some angler fish have no gender. But when they
attach themselves to a female's head, they become male. They also
become parasites--gradually withering to nothing but their male
organs. Perseus, angling for a better position, decapitated once-
beautiful Medusa. She was not immortal. In his way he became a
man, a hero, locked himself to Medusa's threatening head. He refused
to look at her enraged face and snaky hair. He shielded himself, would
only view her in a mirror.

                        still at sea swirling
                        in watery reflections
                        and salt-stained mirrors

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Pamelyn Casto has articles on flash fiction in Writer's Digest, Fiction
Southeast, OPEN: Journal of Arts & Letter, Field Guide to Writing Flash
Fiction: Tips from Editors, Teachers, and Writers in the Field, The
Greenwood Encyclopedia of New American Reading, and in Critical Insights:
Flash Fiction. She is associate editor flash fiction discourse at OPEN:
Journal of Arts & Letters http://ojalart.com/ Her poems have been published
in several print and online publications (the latest in Better Than
Starbucks and KYSO Flash).