Dr. Zeus – Book I – Canto XXIII

Of the action last
To atone for my past
Of they I made she
And what they would be
Of learning self love and respect
Which I before for them had just wrecked
Of Apollo as always being a prick
Though dishonour to him never does stick
-Oh halcyon Muses nine-
For your version I simply haven’t the time
One major player not yet to be
For the timeline of gods’ wanders so free
So only his start and very last tale
Shall I now sing in this here portrayal

Oh Their Son Midas His Honour Does Pride Us

There was only one left – I was now nearly done
It soon would be over, they day would be won

But still was I nervous, in a most dreadful state
For I knew not the salve – how my kin’s hate to sate

They wished me to fix what all them would do
And surely will punish if I don’t see it through

I may have been wicked but I don’t this deserve
‘Tis what they all wanted, they just lacked the nerve

Fie on them all! I can’t make it right
It’s just once again far from my might

Their feelings, their words they’re all hypocritical
But I have learned by now that they’re not analytical

For Callisto did teach me – I just shouldn’t care
Ignore their commands, be they good or unfair

I must be concerned with those I did wrong
It’s only with them that my thoughts do belong

And while I could never change what I’d done
If ever I could I’d not for this one

For such actions, not only, were beyond all my power
At such an event my family would glower

For though none of them would to such thoughts admit
If I’d left her as them, they’d have all throw a fit

So again on them fie! I’ll try to be better
Ignore what they wish – let no word be fetter

To Cybele I went – she did lament what she lost
But it had to be done, it was too high a cost

But I needn’t them ask, I knew by their state
To Cybele I must give one to relate

For I was mistaken, they’d not become she
They always would be whoever they be

But I still must be subtle, I mustn’t step out
To keep from Apollo, that damned little lout

A Phrygian king I must introduce
And together they would a great heir produce

But this wasn’t the reason they had to then meet
But rather for them to get back on their feet

For when I them cut they felt no longer themself
But he could them help – that man of great wealth

For when in the end, they Gordius saw
They beauty did see – in what many call flaw

His skin looked as though it had never seen sun
His hair was long flowing, strands many and one

Of the ladies he wore the finery of court
He was covered with jewels, of each every sort

He was gorgeous, splendid, and radiant
Showing the charms of feminine gradient

Observing then his glorious form
Themself they remembered and passion did storm

They marched right to him as to wife who’s prepared
Put their arm round his waist, pulled close and declared

“Gordius my dear, my pretty and sweet
Those gods of Olympos I near let me defeat

“They tried to reduce all that I am
Tried to leave me naught but a lamb

“But your beauty, your ways, your confidence strong
Do remind me of where I truly belong

“I’ll not let them dictate what I shall be
I’ll smash all their chains, myself I will free

“They can steal all my power, set my domain
But I am still me, I’m always the same

“And so my dear king you shall ever me laud
For tonight I will take you, be your goddess and god”

While some wish to not with gods lay
He wasn’t one, it would not be today

So by the eye of Selene, Aphrodite did work
For hours ‘pon hours both carnal, bezerk

Even Cybele in the end had been worn
Again they were happy, no longer forlorn

And along with their joy something else grew
For there was a result of what they did do

They soon had a son – Midas by name
And he, in time, a great king became

But none of this helped me in the eyes of my peers
It had done nothing to allay all of their fears

That happened later by a roll of the dice
It did not to them matter that I’d tried to be nice

For Midas was brothers with the pastoral god Pan
And what with them happened no one did plan

They were together as Pan played on his pipe
When Apollo came by, soul rotten as tripe

‘Tis true that my son surely is gifted
And by his sweet music all spirits are lifted

Thus he does feel that he has claim on this craft
At the music of others he chortled and laughed

“Oh you goat Pan” he said, bursting with mirth
“Can you now prove your musical worth?

“Let us contest – see who is best
See who has claim on all of the rest”

But Pan, he is joyous – did not take it to heart
And he in this farce did willing take part

But it’s simply too bad for as the two of them played
It was clear by whom the others were swayed

The winds and the satyrs, all dryads around
Clearly preferred Apollo’s sweet sound

But Midas ignored, he praised his own brother
He wouldn’t be swayed by the strings of another

Apollo though, he holds everything dear
So a reprisal from him was Midas’s fear

Do you have ears?” Apollo did bellow
“I think not! my uncultured fellow

“They are clearly too small to hear every note
Right by your head my music does float

“So now I will grant you a very great boon
Again this mistake, you won’t make it soon”

Midas’s head then it started to change
Twisted to something bestial, strange

His human ears were not on his head
Those of an ass crowned it instead

All the gods balked, shocked and incredulous
This seemed extreme for familial prejudice

But in time a voice arose from the crowd
“This does make sense for Apollo is proud

“And I suppose if Apollo can do such a thing
We can’t against Zeus our own judgment bring

“For Apollo is the most noble and bold
‘Gainst those who are lesser we can’t a grudge hold”

So there we have it my most loyal listener
What saved me was another act sinister

For none would accept, none would admit
That my son isn’t perfect, even a bit

So now that I knew my position secure
Out from Alceides, I would Herakles lure

Dr. Zeus – Book I – Canto XXI

Of my most fearsome daughter
How she does love the slaughter
Of how I’d redress
And she love express
Of the birth of a son
And the joy that would come
Of that beautiful nymph whom I truly did wrong
Who proved to all she was so very strong
-Oh halcyon Muses nine-
For your version I simply haven’t the time
Though here I’d accept whatever you say
For for them I caused such dismay
There’s one thing that I just must decry
For the actions of Artemis her emotions belie
So shall I take over and sing this next verse
Sing of my daughter, who undid my curse

To Try To Correct I Mustn’t Protect

I searched for Callisto – that very last life
That that I filled with horror and strife

Across the land I did have to scour
To find her at once was out of my power

For the high walled cities were all built by men
And they offered no comfort, not even then

For though by her mistress out she’d been cast
Her faith in her goddess forever would last

Never would she abandon the wild
Always she’d be nature’s true child

So many a forest and many a field
Over I searched before she revealed

I saw her sitting, alone by an oak
‘Twas clear from her look that her spirit was broke

And when I approached she didn’t show fear
Her eyes, I saw, were hollow and clear

“Darling” I said “I have nothing to say
I couldn’t have known that she felt the same way

My trite words she ended – she cut me right off
Exhaling a breath, that closed in a scoff

“I’m not,” she hissed “your darling or sweet
We were for the other nothing but meat

“You simply did the horrors you do
And I did dream what I thought was untrue

“So despite all your power you are nothing to me
I simply don’t care, just let me be”

Now no matter my actions I still have a heart
And so painful it ached – I played too great a part

“I’m… sorry” I managed to eke
My voice left shattered and weak

“Those that I’ve wronged I never have faced
No one before has put me in place

“Is there nothing you wish, nothing at all
It may not be justice, but I am at call”

With eyes unfocused she looked me right past
I couldn’t atone – that time was long past

But when at last she finally did speak
I couldn’t have guessed for what she did seek

“It seems,” she said “that I just can’t go on
From me now all hope is gone

“I suppose you can make me some sort of beast
So I can join in the hunt, in some way at least

“My love is destroyed, I no longer can live
So I’ll offer what I have left to give”

I wished to object but it wasn’t my part
I must leave it to her, her broken heart

And while for this I’m thought callous and cruel
For what I had done I must play the fool

But desirous was I to leave some sort of strength
If she wished to be hunted it would be at length

It had to be splendid, a wondrous fight
No little deer who’d only take flight

Thus her body ‘came covered hair
That thick and coarse, that of a bear

Her muscles they grew, bones twisted and bent
Her clothes they were tattered, from her hide they were rent

For since I could give her no place to belong
I’d give her her hunt, one fit for a song

But the stress of of the change, it was simply too great
Her labour, that birth, it just couldn’t wait

So there as a bear she bore a dear boy
And this, I feared, would my new plan destroy

For while their romance now was no more
A different relation I still had in store

For what but the chase can take that sweet place
Garments of armour in stead those of lace

But was it too early for those two to meet
Right now Callisto with ease would be beat

For near to, or also, just after birth
Is no time, through fight, to prove one’s own worth

And my daughter by chance was quite near
So Callisto’s pained roars she clearly did hear

So over a hill my daughter did stride
As Arcas, my son, did very well hide

Thus only she saw what of Callisto I made
There in the field as she now laid

Artemis crouched and slowly approached
Trying to hid as she ‘pon her encroached

But the field it was flat and the growth wasn’t tall
So however she tried she was seen by us all

Thus before she was anywhere near
Callisto her spotted with her bow and her spear

And while she was drained and did energy lack
From this fight she never would back

-Oh how she did fight!- all were impressed
There is is little as deadly as a mother distressed

But ‘twasn’t just Arcas for whom she stood fast
For too she knew ‘gainst whom was her last

So intimate is the fight and the hunt
For her last final hour it was all she could want

And my daughter, though savage, is still full of wit
Together she saw how all of this fit

It was Callisto she knew! Her ferocity saw
In the bearing of fang, the snapping of jaw

Both of their hearts, they nearly then burst
Together they were for the last and the first

For although they could would never share bed
Together now in violence they wed

And though she had fought a glorious fight
She just couldn’t stand ‘gainst her goddess’s might

So with a thrust of her spear she let go her arms
As her love, oh so limp, fell into her arms

But Callisto’s soul still did it linger
So up it I plucked twixt my thumb and my finger

And too I took the guise of our son
For I longed to see what he’d become

So I left Arcas there, now but a child
To grow and be raised by the nymphs of the wild

Up in the sky I placed his bear skin
So I must always look at this one sin

His mother too, I placed there her spirit
But the horizon, that edge, she’d never go near it

For all the way up there in our godly domain
She could watch her sweet love as the wilds she’d tame

My task now complete, I realized the truth
Against all my crimes I couldn’t give proof

What I have done I can never correct
So many lives I simply did wreck

It seems that never can I balance the scale
In this task I always will fail

But I’ll do what I can, I’ll give it my best
And try to provide some measure of rest

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”