Pandora’s Box

Simple words

Simple gestures

Simplicity

 

Pandora's box is opened. Graphic by Grace Higginbotham
Pandora’s box is opened. Graphic by Grace Higginbotham

Only the facade that hides the storm

The whirlwind of emotions

A small package

Labeled Pandora’s Box

 

Three words

Eight letters

A traditional phrase

It, can be one’s undoing

But another’s strength

 

Gestures

Unspoken words

Forever mute

Always in fear of

Being laughed at

Being wrong

Always in fear of

A secret once told

Won’t be mutually shared

 

A delicate gift unwrapped

Can never be returned

Pandora’s treasures revealed to oblivious eyes

Tarnished from

Neglect

Indifference

Dispassion

 

Simple

A generalization

Unable to grasp the magnitude of

“I Love You”