Dr. Zeus – Book I – Canto VII

Of that bastard’s first trick
And how he thought me most thick
Of comraderies end
And how morals do bend
Of his great love of man
And what he did plan
Of our continuous fights
And the start of the rites
– Oh Halcyon Muses nine –
For your version I simply haven’t the time
This tale is so close to my heart
Yet I can’t sit aside – I can’t sit apart
I can’t believe how me he betrayed
How I wish that with me he’d stayed
So here’s how I lost my very first friend
And how true trust did in me end

The First Little Trick By That Bastard That Prick

Aphrodite joined us at humanity’s start
So of first offerings she could take part

For they were most pious those men as of gold
Such reverence for us did they properly hold

Often would they fall down to their knee
And praise how we had allowed them to be

But so good were they that they did wish for more
More to show how they did us adore

So together we got to think then of how
What possible way we could this now allow

Aries wish for grand feats of strength
Impossible tasks of improbable length

Athene wished for proof of their mind
Mathematics, art, no matter what kind

Aphrodite herself had not thought to give
For women had yet come now to live

Hera was lacking opinion as well
For, too, on men she had no time to dwell

The other gods all, important or not
Could find no agreement in one single plot

Prometheus though then made a suggestion
One of food and its ingestion

For as man lacked tools of every kind
All they could do was eat what they find

And though Earth made sure all them were fed
They’d yet to feast on animals dead

So he thought that together could we all eat
For them to see slaughter ‘twould be a great feat

So then we went out into the wild
While the hunters in us, together, all smiled

After a search we came ‘pon a great boar
And, for it, it knew what we had then in store

Rather than turn and try to us fight
It ran away in terror and fright

Save Aphrodite we all followed suit
Vicious in our relentless pursuit

While of us Hera could track best
Athene and Ares did with most zeal invest

Neck and neck those two kept pace
It seemed as though neither’d win race

But while Ares did just froth and rage
Athene planned, and a trap did engage

For we came then upon a most rapid river
And to Athene ‘twould Victory deliver

She saw that the boar had to turn right
While simply he chased with all of his might

So she departed from our most godly pack
And showed the wits that Aries does lack

As when it turned to get ‘way from him
It could no longer escape though vigor and vim

For waiting was she right there in its path
And at her brother, half, she did heartily laugh

For she fell ‘pon it right then there
And broke its neck with her maiden hands bare

Her brother she’d used as merely a hound
And flushed it out with his fury and sound

We left the forest with our impressive catch
And to the locals we did then dispatch

Prometheus, however, he stayed behind
Oh! that I knew what he did have mind

For when we returned – man in tow
Two piles disparate he did to us show

One was enwreathed with glistening fat
The other ‘twas but skin and by it he sat

Perplexed I did my friend ask
“Why this way did you perform this task?

“These are your creations, your very own work
But with this division, well, you look like a jerk

“You own children you’ll give portions unfair?
I do not see how this you can bare”

But a wry smile is what he gave in return
Saying, “I don’t think that them I did spurn

“I laid one for them and then one for us
Choose which meal, there’s no need for fuss”

I inspected how the portions were split
While the cook fire Prometheus lit

I’d have devised a more even share
But I must take the better, however unfair

So I picked the one which looked to be best
Leaving for man the scraps – all the rest

But despite its appearance it was built as a trap
The meal that I picked was all utter crap

On top of bones bare the fat had been laid
Such a trick had Prometheus played

My face grew red as as he tended the fire
“You bastard” I screamed “you horrible liar”

He looked up with a cool and calm face
He clearly did not know his place

“I’m sorry” he said “were you wanting the other
I assumed you knew what you’d uncover”

With a flourish he removed the covering hide
Showing the meat and guts he had hid inside

“I thought” he said “for that one you’d wish
For indeed its a most godly dish

“For as food we need not consume
Why’d we it to pointless use doom?

“Is it not better to keep up appearance
And let man eat without interference

“Their meal after all looks not quite as good
So their place is still understood”

That bastard had trapped me, left me no choice
I had to pretend, to feign and rejoice

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