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  Pandora Opens The Box
by Sara L Russell
Saturday, November 08, 2003


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[a new sonnet on the theme of legends and the origins of evil. The illustration is mine, constructed tonight in 3D and retouched.]



Pandora slipped her hands onto the lid
Merely intending one clandestine peep,
And as she lifted, monsters of the id
Slowly began arising from their sleep.
Cruelty flew out over less wakeful beasts,
Heedless of tortured screams rising from Hell;
Diseases followed, with unholy priests
And lowly demons, sprung from Satan's well.
They came with noisy, flapping leathern wings,
With coils of questing tendrils, seeking prey,
All of the most unsavoury of things
Crawled, flew or slithered to the light of day.
It seemed that all was lost to evil's shame,
Until hope ventured out, to speak her name.

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Reviewed by The Smoking Poet 9/22/2004
There is always hope.
Reviewed by A Serviceable Villain 7/28/2004
Sara -

Spellbinding! Excellent!


Robert
Reviewed by Meva Onyurt 4/20/2004
It is really much easier to form the imagery of love and peace through the angelic, but you really succeed in making us feel the "hope" and peace through the evil. Which is the hardest way!
You did it! This poem reminded me of Blake's Marriage of Heaven and Hell.
Good Luck
Meva
Reviewed by Jim Dunlap 12/19/2003
I don't think there's anything wrong with the first line. I do think proclaim her name would be interesting in the last line. Otherwise, this is fabulous, as usual.
Reviewed by Sara Russell 11/24/2003
Thanks Oirdheirc Mor... you have a valid point about the first line. It would probably work with either "onto" or "upon" (sorry, I am a Libran; terrible at decisions). It could be "onto" if she was standing over the box reaching down to it, or "upon" if she was looking up at the box, if it was on a shelf and she had to reach up to it. We will never know for sure....
Reviewed by Oirdheirc Mor (Reader) 11/22/2003
Hi Sara.
Sorry to be the lone dissenter on your poem, I did not think the first line of this poem was so very clever.
Personally I think” upon “the lid was more appropriate. Upon meaning up and onto towards.
Gives a different meaning to the movement of the hands.
Tatty by for now.

Oirdheirc Mor
Reviewed by Jimmy Holder 11/18/2003
I like this very much, and agree, its divine.
Reviewed by *********** ********** (Reader) 11/18/2003

Wonderful poetry Sara.....Killer last line...I love a closing that smacks you right in the face...The art is awesome.

Ty, I very much enjoyed, Dani

Reviewed by Richard Vallance (Reader) 11/16/2003


Oh Sara, how utterly divine!

That last verse cut my breath off!

Well, you know what to do, eh? Submit this and pic for pub in the Winter 2004 issue of SP. It's a clincher!


Bye for now,


Richard Vallance


Reviewed by Ian Thorpe 11/13/2003
Hi Sweetie,
You don't know the joke about hope disappearing over the horizon with its arse on fire then?
's funny but I was playing around with Pandora ideas just last week. Must be the way things are in the world.
Loved this one.
Ian
Reviewed by E T Waldron 11/10/2003
Superb sonnet, and the art is awesome!
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 11/9/2003
Wonderful image to complement your verbal expression. Thank you for this offering.
Reviewed by Robin Ouzman Hislop 11/9/2003
Fascinating, a bit in the mode of Roberto Callesso, which was also a best seller, great theme i look forward to seeing its fruitition
Reviewed by E. Richardson 11/9/2003
An excellent rendition of Pandora's Box...well done!
Reviewed by Zenith Elliott 11/8/2003
Sara, you did an outstanding job on the illustration and the sonnet, a joy to read! ~Z~
Reviewed by Bhuwan Thapaliya 11/8/2003
sara....wonderful write....loved the image too....love n luck....BHUWAN
Reviewed by Helga Ross 11/8/2003
Excellent!
Love the image, also.

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