Pandora's Rebuttal


Annette Marie Hyder


Yes they told me not to.
Yes I was forewarned,
given, like an afterthought
to Epimethius.
No, not the one I wanted.

I brought him to me as often
as my feet brought me to that box
held him in my mind
as I held that box in hand --

yes it was small
and thus the god's touch
in fitting so much in it --

turning it over and over
stroking its smoothness
feeling beneath my hands
the oiled gloss of his skin.

Wasn't this box a gift for myself?
Were not its contents just for me?
Hadn't the gods given me everything --
beauty, charm, grace, intelligence --
everything but him?

Might there not be one last gift
inside of it for me, perhaps the secret
potion, veil or necklace to open his eyes
against his better judgment?

It is said that all of the things
within the box
flew out when I lifted the lid.
Not true.

True they swarmed,
true they crawled,
they slithered and hopped and fled.
But none flew

and now, like then, hope has wings to fly
but wont, will not, no, refuses.

And these wings that are never used
do not atrophy but over time
I have seen them,
once as oblique as a hidden smile,
strengthen, thicken, leather-wise --
bat wings now.

And I shudder,
fear its small scratching feet
entangling in my hair
the touch
of cold membranous wings
against my face.

If I do, in moments of despair
imagine giving myself to hope
it is that someday
I can be with Prometheus
if only as an eagle
that devours
not his liver
but his heart
over and over




Author Bio

Annette makes her home in "Youbetchaitscoldhere", Minnesota. Being from Florida originally, she will never accept that Minnesota winters are not cruel and unusual. She is of French and Irish descent -- and she thinks that it shows.

Her day job occupies her with editorial work and writing; her magazine articles appear in magazines and newspapers throughout the United States and internationally. In addition to magazine articles, she writes interviews and reviews, essays, short stories, flash fiction and poetry.

She has guest edited for Samsara Quarterly and is Contributing Editor/Reviews for Poems Niederngasse. She is currently working on her latest book of poetry, The Real Reason the Queen Hated Snow and Other Stories, a follow up collection to Dancing With the Minotaur.

Meanwhile, her four part poem, "Odin's Debt: What Price Knowledge: A Retelling of the Norse Myth", is in the print anthology of literary fantasy, Envelopes of Time. She has been invited to contribute to the forthcoming speculative fiction anthology, Nemeton II, a follow up to Nemeton that is to be released in the Spring of 2002 by Silver Lake Publishing. And, she has work forthcoming in the print anthology due out in December of this year, from Clean Sheets.

She has been asked, and agreed, to allow her work to be translated into Italian and into German for use in foreign language literary publications.

A small sample of poetry publishing credits includes:
Steel Point Quarterly
Conspire (archived prose and poetry)
Samsara Quarterly (archived)
Blue Fifth Review
Prairie Poetry (archived)
The Pedestal Magazine
Thunder Sandwich
Eclectica Magazine (archived: Vol. 5, No. 1, Vol. 4 No. 1, and Vol. 3, No 3)
Maelstrom (forthcoming)

Selections of her poetry can also be read on coffee labels through a licensing agreement she has come to with Story House Coffees. One of the licensing agreement "perks" includes a free can of coffee featuring the author's work. Annette quite enjoys the thought of getting "beans" for her "two cents".

Annette sees life as a poem that is constantly altering its form to accommodate one's world view/experiences: sometimes a sonnet, sometimes haiku, sometimes graffiti on a wall. She believes that in love you should not say it with flowers, you should say it with words. Diamonds, however, are always acceptable.

More poetry, prose and magazine articles are forthcoming from this busy writer. A sample of recent Bridal, Parenting and Women's Publications credits can be obtained upon request:

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Other poems by Ms. Hyder
"Archtype Enablers"
"Day Longs for Night"
"Loki Confesses"
"Tears of the Moon"





"Pandora's Rebuttal" Copyright © 2001 Annette Marie Hyder. All rights reserved.
Originally published in Poems Niederngasse. Re-printed by permission of the author.


This page last updated 05-10-03.


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