GloPoWriMo #21 No Cure for Curiosity

“Pandora’s Box” Eve Riser Roberts

Curiosity means

remaining in the cave,

brash and brave,

to see if monsters

really do exist.

Or cracking the silver box

to see if Zeus’s present

wasn’t a trick.

Curiosity means

release and risk.

The good and bad

of knowing truth.

Curiosity didn’t kill

the cat,

cause a curse,

or create chaos

that her obedience would

have curbed.

Curiosity means reaching inside,

yanking your rib and gifting it

to science.

Seizing your own destiny.

Quenching your own thirst.

It means accepting

what can be discovered,

and who discovers it,

for better or worse.

©2023 | K. Hartless


GloPoWRiMo#21–Here’s today’s (optional) prompt. Begin by reading Sarah Gambito’s poem “Grace.” Now, choose an abstract noun from the list below, and then use that as the title for a poem that contains very short lines, and at least one invented word.

Glory
Courage
Anxiety
Failure
Defeat
Delight
Confusion
Calm
Belief
Cleverness
Despair
Honesty
Deceit
Strength

14 comments

  1. excellent; a paean to curiosity, not a warning against it; away with these old shibboleths like Pandora’s Box, Eve and the apple, the curious cat; love the rollicking rhymes that carry the message along !

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