Dr. Zeus – Book I – Canto XX

Of how they did try
To without me get by
Of who it should be
How they couldn’t agree
Of their lack of a leader
Which to Olympos did lead her
Of her wisdom and glory
In telling my story
-Oh Halcyon Muses nine-
For your version I simply haven’t the time
Once more as before you’ll ignore the whole truth
That this was all for the actions uncouth
You’d act as though they didn’t me need
As though kindness alone let me be freed
So now shall I sing and this story correct
And tell how one did all us protect

Thanks To Thetis, Earth Shan’t Defeat Us

There was young nymph who dwelt on the Earth
One destined to the fiercest man birth

But this matronly fate had yet to be set
No child as now was she sure to beget

She was simply the most gentle and kind
No sweeter heart would ever you find

Thetis, you see, care ‘lone for her flock
Those men of gold who did the world walk

But those on the Earth knew not of our state
How Olympians did each other now hate

Though after a time she saw something was odd
No longer could men commune with a god

But they still didn’t falter, they maintained their
For they’d yet to have fire to turn o’er their leaf

So she decided to look, to see what was wrong
Why we didn’t respond to feast or to song

But when at Olympos was she wholly confused
With discord and chaos had our home been infused

For several attempted to seize ‘pon my fall
Together, it seemed, we weren’t then at all

In the landscape itself one could see the divide
One could see where loyalties lied

They’d settled in camps as though it were war
This state of affairs she at once did abhor

But soon did she yield to great fascination
And so did explore this vast ‘bomination

None them did stop her, they let her roam free
Wishing to see what her allegiance would be

My two greatest brothers, she went to them first
For their crime was the greatest – by far it was worst

For when we Kronos deposed there was a decision to make
What of his power we should each of us take

So when the three of us did all his rulings divide
We each took a realm in which to take pride

But rather than hold and honour our pact
They loyalty lack and joined the attack

To gain my position they were working together
Truly they wished for the land and the weather

Thus they agreed to take out the rest
And then split power how they felt best

But none in those two would place any trust
For all had seen that they for power did lust

Them figured out she continued to wander
Next was my wife ‘pon whom she did ponder

And despite what Thetis had thought to expect
Hera had rallied to greater effect

Many a god both noble and old
Were happy for her to supreme power hold

For they trusted her care and how’d she comport
Trusted her skills in matters of court

But she just couldn’t whip a crowd into fervor
No matter how many were willing to serve her

So thus while she seemed poised for success
In the end she’d fail, nevertheless

To my children next did she then look
The disparate paths each of them took

Ares my son, was all on his own
For none wished him to have rule of their home

So he ranted, he raged, he stalked all about
Indeed he could do nothing but pout

But it seemed in the end, it would still be my son
That Apollo would rule when all this was done

With no deed, no honour, no claim to his name
Many still followed, ever the same

For say he held over the youngest of kin
Hence why he was poised now to win

Despite their devotion they had desires their own
They only did care that their power’d be grown

For always we gods have one thing in mind
Simply ourselves, we share this in kind

So, my family, my friends, they were hardly at fault
For causing this chaos, this woeful tumult

But Janus now saw what they had done
So they and Athene were working as one

Those two alone were the ones who still cared
They searched for my son so we all would be spared

But stuck in this task they were from the start
Of Herakles’ truth, they knew only part

Of Alceides, the mortal, only I knew
Only I, in him, how Herakles grew

The state of it all, it her overwhelmed
Olympos, she saw, it had to be helmed

So to me Thetis came, though still bound in chain
Hoping that I could all this explain

“Zeus?” she asked “what’s going on
From man so long have all you been gone

“While the humans below will always believe
This clearly isn’t a simple reprieve

“All of this chaos, it only can bloom
It will, all of us, wholly consume”

“Alas,” I replied “they can not be swayed
They feel that I have all them betrayed

“They feel that I’ve done far too much ill
That always will I bend them to my will

“They think my warning is naught but a ploy
That Earth will not Olympos destroy”

Thetis stared, with such incredulity
“Do they” she asked, “think goodness your duty?

“We’re not mortals but gods, we have no restraints
We are not burdened by moral constraints

“Yes, it’s true, you been a great ass
Hurt many a person, harried many a lass

“But there’s one thing that all of them miss
Your rule had stopped us devolving to this”

With a sweep of her hand she gestured around
And noticed them then, for they’d not made a sound

For wishing to see who she would choose
All of them followed when she recused

And while they saw her argument’s worth
Apollo was filled with rebellious mirth

“Oh I see” he said, measured and slow
“You all are fine with this status quo?

“You willing accept all his abuse
Simply for some merit and use?

“And if you are worried for his timorous warning
I do not believe that trouble is storming

“In fact Herakles I do not think is real
He made him all up, to change how we’d feel”

But while he was speaking I was struck with a thought
And developed in mind a devious plot

For now that my kin had gathered by me
I went for a gamble – Truth would me free

I said “Apollo’s correct, he does not exist
So I see why you would in all this persist

“But that warning I gave, it wasn’t a lie
No matter how you do my actions decry

“Our saviour however, will come about
Of this I say there can not be a doubt

“But his spirit is hidden , it waits for release
Trapped in a human, whose soul is on lease

“So while Apollo, for now, is correct in his zeal
Herakles soon will be whole and be real

“But only I know how to this do
Thus without me our rule will be through”

They still seemed reluctant, still didn’t trust
To my defence Thetis did thrust

“You’ve chained him” she barked “you can do it once more
Let’s see if it’s true, of this I implore”

Apollo my son looked set to object
But Hera herself did then interject

“This story of his is known well to me
But I thought it a trick so his libido I’d free

“And I do have to say that Thetis is right
Together him we can defeat in a fight”

So Hera stepped forward and the chain did unlock
At all of this Apollo did balk

“I’ll make sure” I declared “that half human son
Is here and ready when the giants do come

“But first as we have a fair bit of time
I have to atone for many crime”

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