Dr. Zeus – Book I – Canto XXVII

Of another new god
Whom the thief’s do laude
Of his wits and his guile
All done with a smile
Of how he Apollo did cross
But in the end it wasn’t a loss
Of how to Olympos him I did raise
Where the best of the gods spend all of their days
-Oh halcyon Muses nine-
For your version I simply haven’t the time
He is my son so I’ll tell the tale
Of how his crime did him unveil
His nature carefree and testing of bounds
How any restriction he’ll dance all around
Now I’ll get to the point and no longer shall prattle
And sing how he stole all of those cattle

The Son Of Pleiades Who Escorts Men To Hades

All though Apollo was gone a whole week
We never did worry – did never him seek

Our jubilant joy was too great to end
And we knew that he could for himself fend

To this grand celebration all our our kin came
Including all those with unrecognized name

For we made merry for the sake of us all
‘Cause to the giants we gods didn’t fall

And as it does happen we freely did fuck
All were so open, to privacy none snuck

We threw off all shackles – thought nothing taboo
No one was judged for what they did do

For here, for now, freedom was all
For from our station we nearly did fall

So many young gods on that day were conceived
When to Desire at the party we kneed

Aphrodite and Ares did three kids create
For Cupid’s arrow did drive them to mate

Deimos and Phobos the two twins of fear
Harmonia too, who to balance will stear

With Maia that pleiad did I then lay
So too a son we did make on that day

But even joy’s flames have to burn low
So back to our homes each us did go

And Maia was always a bit of a hermit
Solitude, it seemed, she truly did yearn it

Thus when ‘twas time to bear our new son
To her aid no one did come

Even my wife did not her assist
(Although it this case she’d hardly insist)

For simply put – none of us knew!
So there was nothing at all that any could do

So she soon swaddled Hermes our newly born son
Unknowing the transgressor he yet would become

For almost immediate he escaped from his crib
And in all his actions he ever was glib

So without second though he decided to try
To steal the first cattle he ever did spy

But surely with heard he’d be easy to track
But skill with deception he sure didn’t lack

So thus he snuck of to a village nearby
And moved as a shadow – he’s ever so sly

Without being noticed he stole every shoe
And with them no one could guess what he’d do

He fit every one onto every cows foot
So no hoof would print in dirt grass or soot

And thustly he lead them back to his home
Into his cave so they wouldn’t there roam

Two he then slaughtered and ate them right up
And later he planned on the others to sup

But first he left to return to his mother
But along the way he did a tortoise uncover

It was eating some grass, hidden in shade
And a thought struck Hermes on what could be made

He then killed the creature and hollowed it out
As Apollo did at his missing heard shout

So as Hermes was creating the very first lyre
Apollo was lit with deep vengeful fire

But the plan of his brother did work very well
And where they had gone could Apollo not tell

At the village he decided to look
And ask all the people whose shoes Hermes took

But they didn`t know where the cattle did go
Though they searched for the thief both high and low

And though Hermes’ act Apollo true knew
He didn’t then act for ‘twas not what he’d do

Instead he prepared a ritual grand
Which allowed him to see what his brother had planned

For though he knew that Hermes did mock
He needed the rites to that knowledge unlock

So now that he knew what he had already known
He set off to Cyllene to make Hermes atone

But when he arrived Hermes did claim
That it hadn’t been him – ‘gainst the truth he did strain

He said that the flock was already there
That no hoof he led to his lair

His deceptions, this time, they wouldn`t him aid
He pushed too far and a price would be paid

But as Apollo considered what punishment best
He saw Hermes’ lyre where it did rest

“What’s this?” he asked when he did it regard
“A new addition to the tools of the bard?

“Such a contraption I never have seen
It’s clearly just made for its condition’s pristeen

“Perhaps my brother we two can trade
And with this lyre your debt will be paid”

Now Hermes, this offer, he took it at once
It was the easy way out and he wasn’t a dunce

If he and Apollo could part on a good term
For nothing else did he then yearn

Thus Apollo did expand his domain
And over music he tightened his reign

But I, from this, of Hermes took note
How he stole from Apollo yet didn’t get smote

And the fight with the giants one thing had proved
That our needs of commune need be improved

And Hermes, he, my newly born son
Showed a great herald he soon could become

For he was truly the swiftest of all
And boundaries him, they just didn’t stall

So boots staff and cap, I gave for his station
To let him fly faster o’er all of creation

And as he passed by all life below
A thought in my mind started to grow

For while we indeed the humans did rule
They, to us, were merely a tool

There was only one who the humans did steward
He whom I before on Ida had skewered

It was time perhaps to alter our way
And to the humans attention now pay

Dr. Zeus – Book I – Canto XXVI

Of my son’s rise to power
At our most joyous hour
Of his growing desire
For his star to be higher
Of they that he killed
For with arrow’s he’s skilled
Of how now the future he could all of it see
What people would choose; what they would be
-Oh halcyon Muses nine-
For your version I simply haven’t the time
I an eye on my son always keep
With him I can never let Vigilance sleep
For desirous is he of every domain
He will never be sated and wish stay the same
So let me this start and of his beginning now sing
Show how he will disaster us bring

Oh Now You’ll See My Son’s Prophecy

Oh we reveled and gloried as only gods can
But Apollo, he didn’t, for he had a plan

He loves adulation which for his actions he got
But he wished still for more so he set out in a plot

‘Tis true that the young did always him praise
But now too his elders fell into that craze

So sudden, although he had only one deed
All kudos they gave – his ego was freed

He always had felt that he was the best
But now he heard it from all of the rest

It was infection, his blood set alight
He itched ever more – his ambition was blight

Thus he did scheme – weaved webs of fate
To add to his own another god’s trait

For he had enjoyed his ridiculous plot
Providing Cadmus with the future he sought

And there was a serpent of primordial birth
Through which he could this power unearth

This creature, though well to us known
We didn’t engage, we left them alone

For they were detached and did not care to share
They knew what would happen but stayed in their lair

For I see changes when someone does choose
They see the option that each one will use

And this is the knowledge he wished for  his own
So he set out to Delphi, to old Python’s home

He wandered the rocks and the craigs of the mount
He searched for that snake, of wisdom that fount

Then them he found and drew out his bow
Ready to strike that soothsayer low

But ‘fore he was able to dread arrow notch
He saw Python’s eyes and knew they did watch

He was frozen with fear for he thought them asleep
Advantage one can’t ‘gainst clairvoyant foe keep

Python however, did not leap or lunge
They took no such action to intruder expunge

All that they did was lazily move
Up to Apollo – did with sigh disapprove

“I know why you’re here” they said with a hiss
“And I know that your arrows are not going to miss

“I know that my life you’ll now put to an end
Despite that, fiercely, my home I’ll defend

“I know that you think that you’ll my knowledge now use
But it’ll be useless, you can’t it abuse

“You won’t find a branch for time doesn’t flow
What people will do is all that you’ll know

“So too shall you do nothing to change
Any ill fortune – though it seem strange

“This knowledge does taunt; does sadistically tease
I can no one conceive whom’d prescience please

“But still I’ll defend my home and my life
I’m no sacrifice to lay down for your knife”

Only then at Apollo Python did bite
But he acted on instinct and on swift foot took flight

In the middle of stride he let a wild shot loose
But it still hit its mark for he’s best with its use

From Python’s eye the feathered flight stuck
And at all things around madly they struck

So swiftly debris Apollo did doge
As the second shot arrow did the other eye lodge

But as soon as they lost all of their sight
Python calmed down wih no will to fight

They then curled up as though for a rest
But Apollo did think this some sort of test

Thus with caution did he approach
But then Python my son did reproach

And as they declared all that would be
Apollo did grin with unsettling glee

“My body will rot but will my spirit remain
Given new life by torrential flood rain

“But you my disgusting arrogant prick
You will never resist any damned trick

“Oh sure they will laude your each every deed
Praise your perfection, ignore all your greed

“You will ‘gain all the power you ever shall seek
While all the while you make your kin weak

“For though with the water my spirit will rise
Your actions with fire all should despise

“But you – oh you! – will still look the best
But you will loose all of the rest

“Your spirit will rot right down to the core
What you’ll become you now would abhor”

“For you and I are the other’s antithesis
Have opposite action – opposite stimulus

Apollo was finished put a shaft in their head
And thus gained their gift when he left them for dead

But Python can’t see into one’s heart|
And wrongly assumed it would tear him apart

Even if never he could his own future alter
Fate he’d see no reason to halt her

For simply expanding his power’s purview
Would grant him prestige though of honour in lieu

And for those hurt, he often not cared
For his empathy was ever and always impaired

Thus all of those deeds they thought he’d revile
Instead just caused him to cackle and smile

Dr. Zeus – Book I – Canto XXV

Of our newly formed kin
Who were built for my sin
Of our savior my son
We due to whom won
Of our long epic battle
On which no one does prattle
Of Earth so patient and willing to wait
For none can forever outrun their own fate
-Oh halcyon Muses nine-
For your version I simply haven’t the time
No one wishes this story to hear
For for their cause no one sheds tear
Even those bards from off to the west
Change our opponent is this very test
So it I shall sing – its vigor renew
And show what gods are willing to do

Twas By Way Of Giant That Earth Stood Defiant

My son Herakles, was at last in our ranks
And to his presence I had to give thanks

For now that they knew, that they saw he was real
‘Bout me it changed how my family did feel

They now understood what was at stake
The threat of the monsters grandmother did make

So we rallied together and readied for war
One of a kind not seen before

I even recalled all those who shine
For soon she’d attack, come for what’s mine

But she didn’t – she waited – I knew for not why
And once ‘gain they watched me with mistrustful eye

And while Herakles all them adored
They thought him a bluff; for they’d gotten so bored

They started to think that my warnings were fake
They started to go, to leave of me take

They wandered the world, went off on their own
It seemed that Earth wished me alone

But I still wasn’t worried, least not at first
However adventure is Herakles thirst

He was wishing to his new godhead test
And left for the wilds with all of the rest

I just should have known that if he be the key
An escape from defeat grandmother would see

She outwitted her husband, her crafty son too
Why did I think that I could it do?

So now in the heavens there were very few left
And of hope I soon was bereft

For she now saw her chance, and did open wide
Let out her children, her new joy and pride

Their tactics were simple, of minds immature
We might have a chance if we didn’t them lure

For though their strength was the greatest around
They simply threw rocks and trees from the ground

Their makeshift missiles proved not a threat
I need rally my army – ‘twas not over yet

Apollo I sent to gather those gone
I knew that he would – he for glory does fawn

But as soon as he left Ares jumped out
He hoped, the giants, to engage in a bout

Oh why did he do this?  Did he think that he led?
Truly my son is thick in the head

So in and amongst them and armed for a fight
Quickly he learned his limits of might

For before he landed one single blow
He was punched in the gut and ichor did flow

And holding his gore they left him behind
For now they saw the strength of their kind

But just as they did at our encampment arrive
Apollo returned – he our army did drive

And at the head of that magnificent column
Stood proudly our saviour as I fondly do call him

But Earth had a trick, one final trap
Hoping that Nike would fall in her lap

For Gaia is tricksy – in layers does plan
No one’s as wily as dear old grand nan

Prometheus told her of our trip to the east
Whilst on his liver that eagle did feast

Ushtapushtin, his herb, that she would use
Make the giants immortal so they can’t to us lose

But for a change, for the only time ever
One proved her equal, one proved as clever

For this I foresaw for I went there with him
And I do not command simply on whim

Hence why Helios, Selene, and Dawn rosy fingered
Why I told them to vanish, hurry don’t linger

I wished them to fight, that’s what all of them thought
But while Gaia did wait, I, Zeus, did plot

So when she found that plant, withered and dead
She knew that I would come out ahead

Then now we had just one thing to do
To cut them all down to see this war through

Athene was first, showed why she is feared
Why the giants never her neared

She had Pallas’s skin whom she did flay
Wore it over her own and madly did bay

Fearful of her she drove them to trap
To the sound many fell of my thunderclap

Encaledos escaped and did try to flee
But she crushed him with Sicily out in the sea

The others that straggled were picked off with ease
A scene most worthy of fresco or frieze

But then the two of them greatest crashed into our ranks
They did me surround, they did me then flank

They struck and they struck – I realed every blow
But them came a shot from the field down below

Herakles’ arrow flew straight through the air
They couldn’t react, they only could stare

It drove right into Pophyrion’s neck
He fingered the arrow as the wound he did check

For neither his mind nor his body then knew
That just injured once, his life was now through

Alcyoneus too was mortally hit
But it seemed not to bother, not even a bit

He simply reached up and pulled the shaft out
Despite that of victory there was not any doubt

For pale eyed Athene is so very wise
‘Tis one of the reason that does Ares despise

For while he is left with his bowels in his arms
She saw the cause of regenerative charms

“Remove him from here” Athene did say
“Out of Pallene him we can slay

“For as long as he stays where he was birthed by his mother
From any wound he will forever recover

“So just drag him out, then end his life
For he is the last, with him end our strife”

Thus the last of the giants, least the last of that batch
Was put in the ground from which he did hatch

It was over and done! we finally won!
The ruler of gods they didn’t become

But Earth is a schemer though of magnanimous heart
She would later again in our affairs take a part

But now was a time for reval and joy
As Apollo snuck off and did a serpent destroy