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For the third time Pandora stands before the box Inlaid with jewels ivory and gold In her hand is the key – she closely examines Intrigued by its intricate patterns - so ancient- so old Her Creator’s mandate she has obeyed She won the love of Epimetheus and at her bidding Never to open their wedding box - he had never been tempted Her devoted lover despite brother Prometheus forbidding Her every wish - her husband’s command But Zeus’s words her obligation till today 'Ouchi to koityon anoiksis’ However wedding presents need to be opened Insatiable curiosity leading her to disobey She is aware the brothers had so angered Zeus When Heaven’s hearth fire they defiantly stole That was denied to mankind to teach them a lesson But she is unaware of the Gods plan and her critical role Like witches a brew they must concoct A female clay form fused to conception Zeus and the Gods hatched a heartless plan A woman will be part of their cunning deception The breath of life is bestowed by Athena From Aphrodite comes insatiability and beauty Music from Apollo - Speech by Hermes Bringing brothers to justice was her God given duty They named her Pandora - ‘The Bearer of Gifts’ Then present her they did to the brothers two Epimetheus captivated, enchanted when eyes first met Eager was he to plunge into the sweet sensual brew Brother Prometheus ever overly cautious Suspicious of this beautiful apparition Too late is his warning when Cupid appears Swift arrow finds its target without hesitation Pandora and Epimetheus are happily wed The plot that relies on mans greed starts to seed But in his zeal to punish - Zeus overlooked Love’s Power True Love will overcome a mere mortal’s greed FROM LIGHT TO DARKNESS - FROM DARKNESS TO LIGHT ‘This priceless box must contain vast treasures The gold inlay alone must be worth a fortune’ Curiosity overcomes the fear of disobedience Then winds enter to blow away all caution Lifting the lid gently, Pandora closes her eyes Then opens them slowly prepared to be amazed Her looks of expectancy soon turns to horror There are things in there that make her afraid Out of the box pour moth like creatures Stinging her till she falls to the floor Pandora’s Box has unleashed to the world Poverty, Misery, Disease and opened Death’s door Epimetheus in his love rushes to her aid Slamming the lid, but alas it is too late They sting him as well and as they lie together In the throes of death - her action sealed Mans Fate Softly so softly the flapping of wings A little voice imploring for its release On opening the box emerges a dragonfly of beauty Exuding such feelings of calmness and peace She alights on them, she breathes air like kisses, Curing their afflicted wounds and their sorrow Releasing them from Death’s Dark Wishes To make amends for a new tomorrow In this precise moment Pandora knows her name A changer of circumstances presenting new scope She is the Emotion found between Despair and Love She is Elpis - She is Expectation - She IS HOPE
Acknowledgement: My heartfelt thanks to my dear friend Demetrios Trifiatis for your translation of - ‘Do not open the Box’ into ancient Greek ‘Ouchi to koityon anoiksis’. Demetrios is a well known, long term contributor to Poetry Soup and his poems and daily inspirations are a source of encouragement to all. While the music is not music from the Pandora Opera, we felt that more dramatic music was needed to suit the story. O Fortuna –Carmina Burana by Carl Orff, seemed to fit the bill admirably.

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Date: 3/20/2018 6:47:00 PM
Wow! A standing ovation, dear Maria Your poem is masterfully written and exquisite in every way. You enthralled me with your imaginative 'Pandora's Temptation'! Every poetic line is just so lush and luscious. Being as captivated as I am by your masterpiece I must fave it! Warmest wishes, my dear friend, with the golden pen! ~Susan Oh! Loved your choice of music too :)
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Date: 8/1/2017 6:59:00 AM
Your point of view is cinematic. You conceive and perceive in such creative and imaginative ways. I absolutely love reading your work. I "just had to read a poem about Pandora!" While reading your poem and listening to the music, I thought of the movies The da Vinci Code, and Raiders of the Lost Ark (where the Ark is opened up). It was exciting to read this poem!
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Date: 5/25/2017 10:35:00 AM
So that is meant by Pandora"s box. I have hear of it,but did not know what it really meant. Now I do.It is a beautiful poem.
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Date: 5/26/2017 7:00:00 AM
Thank you so much Darlene, both for the visit and lovely comment.... Maria
Date: 5/4/2017 4:19:00 PM
You have created a stunning epic masterpiece in this work Maria! It had my attention from beginning to end, and I love the way it ends with hope! An awe inspiring poem Maria! 7 ; )
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Date: 5/5/2017 6:55:00 AM
Thank you so much Connie, coming from a wonderful poet like yourself, I am deeply flattered. Maria xxx
Date: 5/3/2017 8:57:00 AM
An excellent write Maria..beautifully told..
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Date: 5/3/2017 9:29:00 AM
Thank you very much Joseph. So glad you liked it...Maria
Date: 5/3/2017 2:44:00 AM
This is poetry at it's very best dear Maria, a colossal poem that had me enthralled from the first line to the last, and the music was just perfect. You gave me a lesson which I will treasure forever 7+++
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Date: 5/3/2017 2:51:00 AM
Thanks so much Cecilia, your high praise, support and rating has me so overwhelmed, and I'm so glad that you enjoyed this version.
Date: 5/3/2017 1:36:00 AM
Well done, Maria! This is a topic after my heart, and you have capably carried it off with an ample dose of imagination. The music from Carmina Burana is a fitting choice, too. A couple of years ago I wrote a poem on this same theme, called "Chasing Pandora". Both our poems give 'hope' due importance. ~ Regards // paul
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Date: 5/3/2017 2:58:00 AM
Thanks so much Paul, I wanted to go for a more simplistic approach in style when I wrote this, giving the reader the whole story. I promptly went to your 'Chasing Pandora' -I love your version a lot more. I can see why you won the contest. A big congratulations.
Date: 5/2/2017 12:59:00 PM
Your words are magical, and beautifully expressed, in a sea of swirling phrases that dance upon the tongue. This poem is "whimsical & magical " in its content and its delivery. A good child pleaser for any age. This poem is pure fantasy and flows off the tongue like syrup while leaving a sweet after taste....delicious! You are a master story teller! Emile. #7
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Date: 5/2/2017 10:46:00 PM
Wow Emile! your review leaves me breathless. Thanks very much for your vote of confidence. PS - I felt the 9th verse 'Pandora and Epimetheus...' needed a little more explanation so I have smoothed it for those who don't know the whole story - Hope you like it. Maria
Date: 5/1/2017 7:35:00 PM
Maria, a truly captivating work in both its alluring imagistic language and seductive flow. The musical selection was also ourstanding as well. 7!!! A Fav! Regards, g
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Date: 5/2/2017 9:30:00 AM
Hi George, thank you for visiting - I'm very appreciative of your imaginative description of my poem. Thanks for making it a Fav and giving it a 7
Date: 5/1/2017 10:44:00 AM
Good Morning Maria. This is exceptional. You have delivered an entry that has attention to detail. You also give new meaning to the concept of Pandora's Box. Honestly. This is an entry not to rush through. It was an honor and privilege to read such work. Be proud for this was well executed.
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Date: 5/2/2017 9:08:00 AM
Thank you Lisa, indeed it my privilege to present the poem and my honor that you read it. Really appreciate it.
Date: 5/1/2017 9:29:00 AM
This was an epic piece of poetry that held me close as I became lost in your amazing words and phrasing Maria. The story is known but not told in the fashion you have posted for us,. This was enchanting, mesmerizing and frightening, all at the same time and the music was perfect for this piece. Brilliantly done my friend.
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Date: 5/2/2017 9:06:00 AM
Your summing up of the poem is always so good Chris. Thank you very much for your comments. So glad it was entertaining and elicited the emotions you listed. Much appreciated my friend.
Date: 5/1/2017 9:23:00 AM
Deeply in love with the Carmina Burana, so the choice is excellent! As is the painting, beautiful. You have brilliantly rewritten Pandora's story by Hesiod(us). Absolutely worth a 7 and fav.
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Date: 5/2/2017 9:02:00 AM
Dear Darren, as always your compliments are so good. Thanks very much and for the 7 and fav. I see that you are not only proficient in music and art but also in Greek history - Wow!
Date: 5/1/2017 8:47:00 AM
Yes it did. The Carmina Burana was a brilliant choice as well as Waterhouse's Pandora to enhance our experience of this incredible write. I am still awed at the breath and scope of this talented piece that I am promptly putting into my favorites. A 7+:) Amitiés Libellule
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Date: 5/2/2017 8:58:00 AM
Thank you dear Anne-Marie - lovely dragon fly (Libellule) as well as for your high rating and for making this piece one of your favorites. Not only do you know your music but your paintings too! So glad you enjoyed them.
Date: 5/1/2017 8:27:00 AM
Hesiod my dearest, Maria, will be envious to see you rewriting his story of Pandora in such an awe inspiring way! Being Greek and familiar with the story I have to congratulate you for creating such a monumental poem that certainly deserves recognition for its academic merits as well as its poetic beauty and music! A fave fom me and a 7 +++++! Thank you!
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Date: 5/2/2017 8:52:00 AM
This is high praise coming from a person of your calibre - Much appreciated my friend Demetrios. Thanks also for your high rating and for the 'fav'
Date: 5/1/2017 8:26:00 AM
- Wooow .. A powerful poem in both text and music, Maria - A wonderful work, a big 7 - hugs //Anne-Lise :)
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Date: 5/2/2017 8:51:00 AM
Thank you very much Anne-Lise so glad you enjoyed it. Thank you also for the high rating. xxx