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The Ballad of Pandora

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The Ballad of Pandora

The story of Pandora.

Zeus was an angry God
Cause man accepted fire
To get revenge, and very soon
It was his one desire
With the help of the other gods
He made the first woman
He placed a veil upon her head
And this story then began.

The lady’s name it was Pandora
For Epimetheus she was a gift
Who took her as his bride to be
Which gave him such a lift
Zeus gave them as a wedding gift
A lovely wooden chest
He told them not to open it
It would cause unhappiness.

He put the chest out of his sight
He knew he would not need it
After all, he had Pandora
And this pleased him quite a bit
One day Pandora found the chest
And she asked him ‘what is this’?
Epimetheus told her not to touch it
Said ‘that’s the way it is’.

Pandora thought about that chest
She went to check it out
Then she heard these voices speak
And she had pangs of doubt
As the voices said ‘Oh, please Pandora
You have to let us go’
And in the end she opened it
Though why, she did not know.

Then bang, the lid did open wide
And an icy wind blew out
Pandora she was blown over
She was blown all about
Slimy creatures, with growling voices
Did crawl out from the chest
Pandora looked at all of this
And she was not impressed.

‘I am disease said one foul beast
I’m cruelty said another
I am pain, and she’s old age
This voice came from some other
I’m disappointment, he is hate
Said another slimy creature
As one by one these ugly beasts
They all of them did feature.

I’m jealousy, and he is war
Another creature said
And I am death said the softest voice
I fill you full of dread’
The creatures oozed on out of windows
And slithered all around
As all the plants, and flowers shriveled
What destruction could be found.

The fruit on the trees, it all went mouldy
The sky turned filthy yellow
The sound of crying filled the sky
Some would holler, some would bellow.
Pandora crashed that lid on down
Then she heard a sweet voice say
“I am hope, please let me go
You will need me some day’

Pandora lifted up the lid
A butterfly flew out
As she was battered by the wind
Life did a turn about
As a watery sun came out
And shone upon the flowers
Everything came back to life
And all regained their power.

1 February 2014 @ 1530hrs.





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  1. Date: 2/15/2014 4:44:00 PM
    OBTW, in the original "Myth", it was an urn-like jar!...I read your comment to Ann-Lise...but, down through the ages, it has become known as "Pandora's Box"...just a bit of interesting Trivia...smile//Sinclair

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan
    Date: 2/15/2014 5:18:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you so much, my friend for your interest in my write. I appreciate this very much....Peter
  1. Date: 2/15/2014 4:39:00 PM
    PD, a classic Myth, and a wonderful rendition! I was "Spell-Bound"!...LOL, even tho' I know the story very well, I couldn't wait for your conclusion!...I love the "Butterfly" affect!...Very enjoyable write!//Sinclair

  1. Date: 2/11/2014 4:16:00 PM
    You have retold the ancient story quite well in your own style.

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan
    Date: 2/15/2014 5:16:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Robert, every version I have read seems to tell it differently. I appreciate your kind comments, my friend....Peter
  1. Date: 2/9/2014 2:29:00 PM
    - I know the story - skillfully written, Peter. - I enjoyed reading your work!! - oxox // Anne-Lise :)

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan
    Date: 2/10/2014 3:46:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank yyou so very much, Ann- Lise, Your kind comments are always appreciated....Peter
  1. Date: 2/8/2014 10:44:00 PM
    Hi Andrea. I got this version though a book called 'The orchard book of Greek Myth's' I wrote it the best I could from this book. Some say it was an earn Others say it was a chest, But I like referring to it as 'Pandora's box. Thank you so much for your comments, my friend.....Peter

  1. Date: 2/8/2014 8:51:00 PM
    hey, quite the retelling of the story. I don't recall it happened exactly this way. Did you change it? If so, I LOVE how you did it. Isn't it curious how this "myth" is so similar to Eve in the garden letting in sin and mortality!

  1. Date: 2/6/2014 5:42:00 PM
    beautifully penned Peter you have lifted this lovely story hugs

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan
    Date: 2/7/2014 3:39:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Than you so much Shadow or your wonderful comments...Peter.
  1. Date: 2/6/2014 5:07:00 PM
    i've always loved this story and you've told it so well in rhyme, peter! most enjoyable...

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan
    Date: 2/7/2014 3:37:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you so much Ilene for your kind comments.... ..Peter
  1. Date: 2/6/2014 5:01:00 PM
    I am glad that Pandora let hope come forth..Great work..Enjoyed reading this one today..Thanks for the visit to my page..Sara

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan
    Date: 2/7/2014 3:35:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Sara, for appreciating my simple poems, your comments are always so kind....peter