I, Pandora

Hey guys! Today will be short and sweet, because I’m reprinting a poem for you here. First, a few things you might’ve missed from me lately:

  • My Writing Expense and Income Tracking Spreadsheet is for sale! It’s a budget aid designed to help all types of writers at all levels of their careers. Today is the last day to get the discounted price of $6 with the coupon code PriorityWeek .
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Okay, back to today. “I, Pandora” was first published in the Merging Visions anthology Collections II and then reprinted in the Denton Record Chronicle as well as A Texas Garden of Verses by the Poetry Society of Texas. I hope you enjoy it.

I, Pandora

Laden with clay jar,
Pandora, blessed with gift, with scar,
eyes bright and two lips curious –
furious for being sent
as punishment for theft of fire,
for mankind’s desire to acquire –
imagining she’ll free a star,
the sapphire, kiss, or land afar,
she twists the lid off, sure and swift,
and out fly sins and fear and hate:
setting her adrift upon her fate.

© Annie Neugebauer, 2012

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  • Melissa Crytzer Fry

    Nice, Annie! As always. Hope all is well! You sound busy as usual.

    • Thanks, Melissa! I am busy! And much to my dismay, you’re right; it does seem to have become the usual. I hope you’re well too!

  • Nice one!

  • Yay! All the things! There are a lot of phenomenal sounds in this poem: “blessed with gift, with scar”, “as punishment for theft of fire”, “imagining she’ll free a star” <3

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  • So sorry I missed this one. I’ll make sure I still have a blog subscription. The poem is brilliant! I love Pandora’s desire to be a heroine and finds her role is that of cursing mankind. (The last 3 lines made me think of the 2016 election campaign. Ugh. lol)