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The Key to Pandora’s Box

Lorna is a published writer with a particular interest in narrative poetry, which she finds therapeutic.

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Ancient Gods from the dawn of time

Created this source of impending doom

An inscrutable chest of mythical woes

Where untold horrors of apocalyptic feats

Lay sealed within evil’s destructive force


An alluring gift of whispered temptations

Lined with the echoes of innocence lost

As chaos escaped to dance in dark corners

Sealing our fate in its cruel reflections

Mirrored by an empty theatre of lost souls


Havoc ensued on an earth filled with torment

As rational thoughts became silent indifference

Stoking age-old divisions of prejudice and hate

Where unchanging attitudes steeped in ignorance

Deprived the world of its sweetest breaths


And Mother Nature’s sorrow shed silent tears

Calming the seas whose anger went unspoken

Soothing the broken spirits of the rainforest

Embracing the seasons in their cycle of pain

Created by the legacy of Pandora’s Box


Yet hope remained like a flame in the darkness

Kept alive in memories nurturing our hearts

As it rushed to the shore on words of wisdom

Reflected in the beauty of dawn’s early light

By an eternal love that transcends time

© 2020 Lorna Lamon

Comments

Lorna Lamon (author) on September 17, 2020:

Thank you for your generous comments Vanda and I appreciate your visit. Glad you enjoyed this poem.

thoughtsprocess from Navsari (India) on September 16, 2020:

Beautifully expressed poem.

I loved it Ma'am.

Thank you so much for sharing.

Lorna Lamon (author) on September 09, 2020:

Thank you for your kind comments Umesh which I truly appreciate.

Lorna Lamon (author) on September 09, 2020:

Thank you for your lovely comments Soswpeaks which mean a lot to me. I hope you and your family are well and safe.

sowspeaks from Bengaluru on September 09, 2020:

Hi Lorna, the imagery was intense and painful but so much like you to end it with hope and eternal love. As always beautiful and thought provoking. Thank for this beauty.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on September 09, 2020:

Interesting poem. Well conceptualised.

Lorna Lamon (author) on September 06, 2020:

I wish we could close the box as well Brenda, however, we have to keep hoping that we will get past this soon. I appreciate your lovely comments and hope you are well. Take care.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on September 05, 2020:

This part

Embracing the seasons in their cycle of pain

Created by the legacy of Pandora’s Box

Is most relevant today.

Sometimes I wish we could close this pandora box and stop the pain, suffering & illness.

Great write.

Lorna Lamon (author) on September 05, 2020:

I thought the present situation was very similar to Pandora's Box and the fact that hope remained is encouraging. Thank you for the lovely comments and for visiting Nithya. Take care.

Lorna Lamon (author) on September 05, 2020:

So true Denise and yet hope seems to be our one redeeming factor. Thank you for the lovely comments which I greatly appreciate. Take care.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on September 05, 2020:

Lovely and sad, Pandora's box reminds us of the frailty and weakness of human curiosity.

Blessings,

Denise

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on September 05, 2020:

A great poem brought to life with your words. You have brought out the present situation through the legacy of Pandora’s Box. Brilliant write!

Lorna Lamon (author) on September 03, 2020:

Thank you for your generous comments Devika - appreciated.

Devika Primic on September 03, 2020:

Wonderful! You write with a great emotion and shared what you know best in life. This is an enjoyable read.

Lorna Lamon (author) on September 02, 2020:

Always good to see you Chrish and I appreciate your lovely comments. God bless you and your family. Lots of love from Ireland.

Chrish Canosa from Manila Philippines on September 01, 2020:

I love ancient stories! I'm always lost in your beautiful magical word Ms Lorna. Which I'm so into!

Hope for Love! God bless you and your fam Ms Lorna. A bunge of love from the Philippines!!!

Lorna Lamon (author) on September 01, 2020:

Thank you for your lovely comments Peggy which describe the poem perfectly.

Lorna Lamon (author) on September 01, 2020:

I thought Pandora's Box fitted the times perfectly. However, Pandora closed the lid before hope escaped and so I thought hope remained for a reason. I'm glad you enjoyed the poem Pamela and thank you for your lovely comments which I appreciate.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on September 01, 2020:

This is another beautiful poem and the "eternal love that transcends time" is a perfect final line in this poem. Using Pandora's Box is interesting as the story is fascinating. I like your picture as well. It seems the poem starts off with gloom and doom but by the end we have hope and love.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on September 01, 2020:

You express the upheaval in our world today, but give us hope for a future filled with love for one another and the planet upon which we live.

Lorna Lamon (author) on September 01, 2020:

Thank you for your lovely comments Anupam which I appreciate. Take care and lots of love.

Anupam Mitu from MUMBAI on September 01, 2020:

Wonderful poem in lyrical form dear Lorna.

I loved the last stanza which is filled with optimism apart from being pragmatic.

Lots of love dear

Lorna Lamon (author) on September 01, 2020:

Thank you for your generous comments Chitrangada. In view of everything that is happening at the moment, it just felt like a Pandora's Box. However, hope remains and that is what matters. Where there is hope there is love and life.

Lorna Lamon (author) on September 01, 2020:

Good to see you Dora and thank you for your insightful comments. Appreciated as always.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on September 01, 2020:

Your final verse gives the spirits a lift. Thanks for that eternal love which transcends time, our fate may only appear to be sealed until "dawn's early light" pierces the darkness. Good poetry!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on September 01, 2020:

Beautifully expressed poem, with deep thoughts and symbolism.

Loved the first picture, with well weaved words, you wonderfully relate it to the present World situation.

Thank you for sharing this excellent submission.

Lorna Lamon (author) on September 01, 2020:

Thank you for your generous comments Ankita which I truly appreciate.

Ankita B on September 01, 2020:

Amazing poem Lorna. I loved the theme of this poem and truly appreciate your magnificent thoughts.

Lorna Lamon (author) on September 01, 2020:

I've always been intrigued by this story and the fact that hope remained in the box, so that we would never give up. Thank you for the lovely comments Cheryl which I appreciate.

Lorna Lamon (author) on September 01, 2020:

Good to see you Ann and as tragic as the world is today, hope remained in Pandora's Box, and this is the message I wanted to portray. Thank you for your kind comments which I appreciate.

Lorna Lamon (author) on September 01, 2020:

As I look at the world today and the state of the planet I cannot help comparing it to Pandora's Box. However, I also believe that hope will triumph and love prevail. I always appreciate your insightful comments Lora - thank you.

Lorna Lamon (author) on September 01, 2020:

Always good to see you John, and given the state of the world and the climate, I thought it was a good analogy. Glad you enjoyed it and thank you for the lovely comments.

Lorna Lamon (author) on September 01, 2020:

Thank you for the lovely comments Mary, and I agree love and hope will always triumph.

Lorna Lamon (author) on September 01, 2020:

Thank you Eric, I felt that it was a good analogy given the current events and the state of the planet. I'm glad you enjoyed it and I appreciate your comments.

Lorna Lamon (author) on September 01, 2020:

Thank you for the visit JC and for your comments.

Lorna Lamon (author) on September 01, 2020:

Thank you for the lovely comments Rosina and yes I do feel that we have opened our own Box, however, hope will prevail.

Rosina S Khan on August 31, 2020:

I think, Lorna, it is ingenious of you to compare the tale of the Pandora's box to the current pandemic season of the world. The lines are all impressive. My favorite lines of the poem are contained in the following verse:

And Mother Nature’s sorrow shed silent tears

Calming the seas whose anger went unspoken

Soothing the broken spirits of the rainforest

Embracing the seasons in their cycle of pain

Created by the legacy of Pandora’s Box

Beautifully crafted poem. Thank you so much for sharing.

JC Scull from Gainesville, Florida on August 31, 2020:

Very interesting poem Lorna.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on August 31, 2020:

This is beautiful, thank you for sharing it. What a mystical notion and you ended it quite well.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on August 31, 2020:

Your poem expressed how you feel about the turbulence happening in your country. Dawn will come and eternal love will triumph.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on August 31, 2020:

I like how you relate the story of a Pandora’s box to the current world situation. I especially love the line “as it rushed to the shore on words of wisdom.” A wonderful poem, Lorna.

Lora Hollings on August 31, 2020:

The story of Pandora’s box has always been one of my favorite allegories. Your poem, so beautifully written, also is a warning to us of our present dangerous course which has led to so much destruction of our planet and turbulence in our lives. But it is also a poem that offers us hope for a new tomorrow if we heed these harbingers and we draw upon our memories as children where our futures were bright and we learned the importance of family and being united with others. Hopefully, we will go through this dark period and emerge into the light, a stronger and more unified people who finally recognize the importance of saving our planet and becoming more loving toward all men and our fellow creatures. A glorious poem, Lorna. Thanks for sharing!

Ann Carr from SW England on August 31, 2020:

A poem of doom until the last two verses telling of Nature's reaction, creating some hope of peace and love. Beautiful!

Ann

Cheryl E Preston from Roanoke on August 31, 2020:

A beautiful poem that explains it so well. Pandora as always been one of my favorite stories. I love the antique trunk also.