The Unicorn

 

I prefer the mythical horse with horn.

Figuratively something desirable but difficult to obtain.

Rather than a billion-dollar start-up company definition.

Leave the myths alone. Set unicorns free.

Stop unraveling the tapestry threads of history.

 

unicorn tapestry

Unicorn tapestry www.metmuseum.org/art/

 

 

Pandora

Pandora

Pandora, by Lawrence Alma-Tadema, 1881

The first human woman, that each god

gave unique gifts, opened not a box

but a storage jar containing the why

of all the evil in the world.

She, no more a myth than Eve.

 


 

Cassiopeia the Queen

Beautiful, yes, but also arrogant and vain,

boasting that she and her daughter Andromeda

were more beautiful than the Nereids nymph-daughters.

Tonight, the Lady of the Chair reigns

not over Ethiopia but the North Star.

 

Cassiopea

Poseidon’s punishment to Cassiopea for saying she and Andromeda were more beautiful than the nymph-daughters of the sea god Nereus was for her to be put in a constellation sitting in the heavens tied to a chair. (from Hyginus, Poeticon Astronomicon. “U.S. Naval Observatory Library”)