Taleweaver’s Prompt #30 “Pandora’s Box”

Pandora's Box Wikipedia


“Pandora’s box is an artifact in Greek mythology, taken from the myth of Pandora’s creation in Hesiod’s Works and Days. The “box” was actually a large jar (πίθος pithos) given to Pandora (Πανδώρα, “all-gifted”, “all-giving”), which contained all the evils of the world.” -Wikipedia

Pandora was given the jar as a wedding present and told never to open it but curiosity compelled her. The only thing to remain in the jar was hope.

For this week’s prompt I want you to imagine that you have acquired a mysterious box/jar.

How do you obtain the object? From whence does it come? From whom? What does it look like?

Does the object come with instructions or warnings?

If you are given the object why? For safe-keeping? For transport?

If you win the object what is the nature of the bet or game?

Do you open the box? What is inside? What are the consequences?

If you do not open the box what do you do with it instead? Are there consequences for not opening the box? In the mythology of Pandora Zeus expects that the box will be opened. Are there any hazards in possessing the box? Is it a desirable object? Does it effect your health in anyway? Are there any benefits to possessing it?


  1. when Pandora was a child
    she was give a chest full of joyful things
    she was told not to open the chest
    because the world
    and humans especially
    weren’t ready for such things
    but try as she may
    she couldn’t contain the joy inside
    it kept pushing up the lid
    slipping out
    rushing around
    splashing happiness
    everywhere it went
    but the humans rarely noticed the joy
    they were busy with war
    with killing and hurting everything
    so when joy touched them
    they looked up for a moment and then
    went back to what they were doing
    Pandora understood why she had to keep the trunk closed
    humans couldn’t handle
    they didn’t know what it was
    all they were good at was destruction
    so she jumped on the lid
    and smashed it shut
    hoping that a time would eventually come
    when the joy
    could be set free

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