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The Pandora’s Book

by Shulamit Sapir-Nevo

Artwork: Photos by Shulamit Sapir-Nevo

PANDORA / Shulamit Sapir- Nevo

 

PANDORA opened the pithos

Though Hermes told her not to

But what can you do

When you are blessed with beauty

And curiosity,

And you are

A woman…

 

 

*photo by Heli Peled

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In Greek mythology, Pandora (Greek: Πανδώρα; πᾶν “all”

And δῶρον “gift”) Was the first woman designed by Zeus,

As part of his punishment to mankind because they stole

The secret of fire  from him.

Aphrodite gave Pandora beauty,

Apollo gave her musical talent And the ability to heal.

Hermes gave her Fitos – πίθος ( a Greek vase) and told her

Not to open it to the world,

But he also gave her curiosity …:)

And the rest is history. Or mythology.

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Maya’ s unique art gallery PANDORA,

Is located on Adrianou st.

In the colorful Plaka, south of the Acropolis,

In Athens.

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Among the small coffee shops full of lights,

Flowers all around, and a festival of  tores

With a variety of ethnic delights

Clothes, jewelry, Greek food, souvenirs,

Hand made items, and more. 

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I wander around the gallery,

What a powerful collection…

This is Maya’s kingdom.

 

Wow!!!

No wonder PANDORA chosen to open

This box with endless beautiful pieces of art.

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And all of a sudden

There came out fish made of glass,

Huge birds from the windy forests

Stars that were caught from  the deep blue skies,

Angels and flowers.  

The Gods love

PANDORA

When she walks through the gallery

With her long black hair swaying

Or playing the piano

And having a five o’clock happy hour

With them.

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Maya! 

She looks so Spanish, with her black long hair

And her black bright eyes. She actually reminds me of the women in Francisco Goya’s pictures.

 

Maya is a sophisticated lady.

“What you give, you receive,” she says and she means it.

“People must learn to make their souls happy,”

She adds and those black eyes of her shine like stars,

And run around the room like cheerful  kids.

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Maya was born in Georgia,

She lives in Athens for many years and loves it.

Maya collects fine and unique art.

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The last time we so her, she said this beautiful place of hers

Needs just one more thing – piano.

She said she is going to bring a piano

To her Art Gallery, and so she did.

 

Maya sits and starts to play her black piano.

I watch her, fascinated by her hands that moves so nicely

Like birds. I love Chopin she said and…

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Black cheerful eyes

Running around

While she sits

And plays

Passing long fingers

Chasing

Caressing

Teasing

Pulling

The strings

 

Opening the keys

To

Chopin.

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And then, Mel

Plays Autumn Leaves

 

“The falling leaves

Drift by my window

The autumn leaves

Of red and gold”

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 The melody fills the Gallery,

All the pictures and the statues

Are smiling, and Maya is too. She is so happy.

All of a sudden,  a spontaneous concert.

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Heli and Baruch, our friends just finished their tour

In the Acropolis.

They were walking around the Plaka,

And when they heard those tunes they were drawn

By the sirens to the Gallery and found us.

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Our dear friend Kostas was also not far from here

And joined us as well, 

And this is great.

Since Kostas loves music and he also plays.

 

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Now we are having a party in Pandora, sitting in the art salon

Surrounded by the music,

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Drinking cafe,

Humming tunes,

Topping off our day.

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After a while, I found myself in the streets of Athens

Looking for the colorful leaves of red and…

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And gold.

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If you are in Athens, go visit Pandora,

Look at the beautiful collection of Art,

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Talk with the amazing Maya,

Ask her to play you something from Chopin,

And follow your sirens.

 

www.pandora.gr

 

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 AND DEAR MAYA, THIS IS  DEDICATED TO YOU 🙂

Gazebo:I Like Chopin

 

“Remember that piano

So delightful unusual

That classic sensation

Sentimental confusion

 

Used to say

I like Chopin

Love me now and again

 

Rainy days never say goodbye

To desire when we are together

Rainy days growing in your eyes

Tell me where’s my way…”

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMPHpHnL0dc

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Σε ευχαριστώ τόσο πολύ αγαπητή φίλη μου Μαya.

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