Building The World XVIIII

Of the end and the start
In which I took part
Of their bold proclamation
Which challenged my station
Of all their conversion
And their desertion
Of how their lord they put into chains
Thinking it would end all their pains
-Oh Halcyon Muses nine-
For your version I simply haven’t the time
That usurper, in this, you always leave out
And, no, I don’t mean to pout
But, still, it seems so silly to miss
If I didn’t correct, I would be remiss
So I shall sing of what Janus did do
And how them you all did act through

The Arrival Of Janus How I Wish I Did Plan This

Before I him to you introduce
I’ll show how I did her produce

For it seems I repeated my father’s mistake
In cautions, prudent, I didn’t partake

As the orchids of Sky Kronos had tossed
Too, I, Clymene’s had lost

That godly gestation, it happened again
Same as before, same as back then

For whipped up around was a pile of foam
While for years the sea they did roam

Though this time instead of a wondrous beauty
‘Twas one for whom, transition was duty

The future he saw as well as before
For she was the arch, the gateway, the door

Forward his face always did look
Hers behind, it no past mistook

But their body – no one could tell
Were they man, woman, or did both in there dwell

For his father’s features had left their own trace
So all genders, her body did grace

And if you looked deep in his eyes
You’d see how she does me despise

For as he was made of my own brutal cut
On my misery she must herself glut

But as the future he could easily see
She knew that Earth would not let her free

And while he longed for my power to fall
She’d no wish for the end of us all

Of the giants he knew, he knew of their threat
She thought of a plan – she’d her way get

Thus to Olympos he went on his way
Hoping my rule to now put a stay

And when he appeared my kin did him crowd
She opened her mouths, spoke clear and loud

“My friends” he said “I hope you all know
That this king, this tyrant, he just has to go

“He’s done so many terrible things
Upon himself he clearly this brings

“So many he has in some way done harm
And those that he hasn’t, do you fall for his charm?

“Even his friends he in the end does betray
Do you think to you, loyal he’ll stay?

“Do you think there’s a promise he never will break?
Do you think your trust isn’t mistake?

“If together we stand he has no hope to win
Or will with him you stay? ignore all his sin?”

Her speech now finished all them did cheer
All were excited, did at me jeer

All them that is, all them save one
But Athene could see my cause was now done

So she didn’t object, she just stood aside
Didn’t stand and fall then with pride

So when they all did over me swarm
`Twasn’t long till down I’d been worn

Ares, my brothers, those three held me down
But the faces of Janus both wore a frown

“It” she said “occurs now to me
That something we need which he can’t himself free

“All of you must be thinking the same
One of you must have the thing to him tame”

But as he does well all future see
She knew the solution, what it would be

His gaze, it moved to Hera, my wife
She’d be the one to ruin my life

For Hephaestus’s gift was what they did need
To ensure that I would never be freed

For he gave to her the most powerful chain
Hoping in time I could share in her pain

So them she fetched, each mighty link
Of no escape was I able to think

As they did lock, made me of movement bereft
I used the one weapon I had to me left

“You fools!” I screamed “do you not care at all?
That Earth and Prometheus both plan our fall

“I know, of this, a secret I’ve kept
That for my acts many have wept

“But an army of giants they soon will release
And we can not afford to our forces decrease”

But the face on his back did at me smile
As the front faced the others, showing her guile

“Don’t worry,” he said “we’re destined to win
While with us we have his greatest of kin

“We shall scour the world, find great Herakles
To our victory shall he be the keys

“But first! before we take up this task
Let him in his own evil bask

“Let us take him to his last horrid act
And impress ‘pon him the truth of this fact”

So then that mob of my jibbering kin
Carried me off in calamitous din

They took me to where Hera I hung
That place where before Hephaestus I flung

They left me there as I’d done then to her
While in the Earth the giants did stir

Building The World XVIII

Of a problem of time
With humans divine
Of two who’d be lost
And pay a great cost
Of a moment’s connection,
Impermanent perfection
Of how both their futures they already knew
But about it, there was nothing to do
-Oh Halcyon Muses nine-
For your version I simply haven’t the time
This is a tale you never do tell
The moral of which humans know well
I wonder why you do them deny
The fact that they know they always will die
So shall I sing, shall I sing it to all
How in the face of their fate those two didn’t pall

Her And My Son They Did Both Come Undone

While the wedding had left me all on my own
Alceides had gone to the oracle`s home

The sibyl at Delphi he was hoping would tell
Weather his efforts at all would end well

For the flood of that knowledge was starting to fade
He no longer was sure of the changes he made

He knew that he’d split and half ‘come a god
His past indiscretions all the more flawed

He was the part for Tartaros low
He’d ‘pon himself no glory bestow

All that he did, for good and for ill
All it would go to Herakles still

The sureness he had back there in Troy
Time and distance did slowly destroy

But he still tried his best to always good
Though the truth and the reason ’twas not understood

But before he went up someone came down
Pensive, perturbed, wearing a frown

At the mountain’s base she did suddenly stop
And upon a flat rock she did herself drop

And while Alceides was about to walk by
He remembered his promise and to help he did try

But when he asked her what had been wrong
With his questions she did not play along

“You simply” she said “can not understand
It’s something for which can ever be planned

“So please leave me be, just go away
All by myself I wish now to stay”

Thus from her then he did turn
But as of late he did sympathy learn

With her he did then try to connect
His story of woe he did then inject

He said “it’s true, I know not what`s happened to you
But I do know that feeling when there’s nothing to do

“I was created to help, to save all the gods
Well, it isn’t quite that, it’s somewhat more odd

“For their saviour, from me, at some point shall hatch
But there’s one little issue, one little catch

“All me he’ll, all that I’ve done
All that I’ve lost, all that I’ve won

“Clio will change, for him she does long
“Herakles” they sing, of Alceides no song

“About all this, I need to know more
Need to know what he’ll change from before

“So now I will learn if I did it at all
Or simple did the future forstall”

But she didn’t respond, continued to brood
He left her there then, her wish understood

He went to the path, left her alone
While she did a despondently moan

For her future now she could not comprehend
How after this it all she had come to end

Spent, drained, unable to cry
She lacked even the will to now wonder why

But after a while did Aceides come back
Emotions at all his face did then lack

Her he’d not spare even a glance
He walked right past, as though in a trance

Before he was gone the silence she broke
When to him she languidly spoke

“I see she too let your heart sink
Our story’s the same, or so I do think

“All I wished was to lead a good life
To have a good husband, be a good wife

“But something did stop would not let it be
I had been chained, I no longer was free

“Medea I am – to Hekate loyal
But it seems my life that goddess will spoil

“She may be evil but I’m sure that I’m good
So my own acts were not understood

“For many bad things in my past I have done
Yes it is true, I am that one

“But they’re in a haze, each distant event
From others I learned how they all went

“Over these actions I had no control
And on those around they took a great toll

“So, at last, I asked for some help
Fate was the sea, I was the kelp

“But what the sibyl had said I couldn’t believe
I thought that my senses did me deceive

“She said to the gods I now am a saint
But soon will I carry Hekate’s taint

“For all of those horrors, those terrible deeds
Far in her future she’d in me lay the seeds

“All of those things that will make them aghast
Were in the gods’ future – in my own past

“For when I am tainted I will join in their time
So it seems I’ve yet done any crime”

At her Aleides did turn and then stare
Clearly they did the same burden bare

So he wouldn’t retreat, would not run and hide
He went then to her and sat down beside

“My news” he said “is nearly the same
I’ve lost all the hope with which here I came

“I’d thought Herakles would history deform
But instead, he will all it inform

“All that I’ve done in no way will stay
He’ll erase me whole life, rewrite every day

“And since us two are one and the same
The thoughts of the gods, he also will maim

“For humans and gods, my past he’ll erase
Of me, there will not be a trace

“We are two sides of the very same door
I will be gone and you’ll be before”

“I guess” she said “all we can do
Is follow what now we know to be true

“For ourselves we must live our each day
For we are doomed in no way to stay”

At that moment through a threshold they passed
For a new god had come, and the die had been cast

Building The World XVII

Of punishment just
For my perversion and lust
Of overreaction
And how I took action
Of how he did others bend to his will
By showing his skill was far greater still
Of how Aphrodite made it all right
Showing my weakness despite all my might
-Oh Halcyon Muses nine-
For your version I simply haven’t the time
This is one where you’ve been gentle to me
(Though I don’t understand how it ever could be)|
For this was the last, all it would take
For my rule, that binding, finally to break
So I shall sing of what I did do
How from Olympos Hephaestus I threw

The Start Of It All Was My Dear Nephew’s Fall

Hera, my wife, was starting to hate
How I did live – with others did mate

Before she accepted my each indiscretion
To save us from Earth, she’d made that concession

But up until now I’d still shown that I care
Though I philandered, home was still there

But what I now did she would never accept
Her image of me it did deeply affect

For once I’d shown my violence to her
It stuck in her mind as a deep mental burr

It scratched, it itched, did her irritate
Bringing back deeds both past and of late

All of my children to her came to mind
A thought, a plan, through this she did find

Powerful progeny I’d had on my own
I didn’t her need, had left her alone

So she decided, to me, she would do the same
And have a new child to solely her name

So without any man she created new life
Only to cause our marriage some strife

I was enraged – though not at all fair –
And thought what to do when her son she did bear

I thought of the cause that made her insult
An eternal reminder would be her result

I hung her in chains at Olympos’s top
Threatening her with another great drop

There she hung as her child did grow
Hephaestus his name, so he said so

For his mother, disgraced, couldn’t him name
And to us, to other’s, he never then came

A child – he played with every machine
Better with them than any had seen

A young man – he had his own forge
Metallurgical knowledge he’d readily gorge

All grown – he us gods amazed
We couldn’t believe onto what we had gazed

A trio of tripods for himself he did make
Of stone, metal, and the clay he did bake

They moved on their own, walked ‘round his shop
Carried things on their smooth flattened top

As well as their legs they had three pairs of hands
Each at the end of six coiled bands

They helped him there helped with his work
Whilst on his face was a satisfied smirk

I didn’t know then why this he wore
How his mother he still did adore

Despite that her he never had known
Never had been there while he had grown

Too he knew why he was made
But further he knew the price she had paid

As well that he, alone only he
He knew only he could his dear mother free

For while, absolute, of them was my rule
He was better with each craftsmen’s tool

As this was well know he did not try to hide
When to act he did finally decide

So casual, calm, completely blasé
He walked up to Hera and freed her one day

All us were shocked by what he had done
By the loyalty shown by Hera’s sole son

But this show did not placate my wrath
Into which he’d stepped firmly in path

“So” I bellowed “you think it enough?
You think me extreme and frankly too tough?

“As it was you who these actions did take
I believe I shall give Hera a break

“Instead of her I shall do unto you
That which I told her I later might do”

I grabbed him with ease, picked him right up
With my hand his face I did cup

But he didn’t resist, in no way did fight
Didn’t attempt to test my limits and might

And so I strolled to the horror of all
To the tallest peak from which he would fall

Down and down, he did tumble below
Far from our mountain him I did throw

On Lemnos, that island, he finally did land
But no longer, he found, he was able to stand

Though ‘twasn’t the women Aphrodite had cursed
But a nereid instead who there found him first

And for him Thetis did what she could
Though not Apollo her healings quite good

Thanks to her he would eventually hobble
But never he’d stand without a slight wobble

But even when he could walk on his own
For his actions he’d no wish to atone

Though for forgiveness he could now come and beg
He refused as I crippled his leg

But on Olympos machinations unfurled
In his forge machines bobbed and whirled

For his tripods he’s left some instructions
To ensure my station’s destruction

In secret they made wondrous gifts
And his stature they’d readily life

Once they did all them complete
Each who’d receive the tripods did greet

To Aphrodite they presented a girdle of gold
The most beautiful that would any behold

To each of my brothers, a gift of their station
To show which part they ruled of creation

Poseidon received a trident resplendent
To show that he was Ocean’s attendant

For Dis, as proof he ruled all the dead
He’d be unseen with this helm on his head

As well to my wife, his so beloved mother
But the nature of it she’d share with no other

Once the tripods had made all their rounds
They stopped, stood lifeless, no more made sounds

And suddenly ‘gainst me all my kin turned
For more gifts of his they selfishly yearned

They demanded that I go, beg him come back
Foresight and judgement they claimed I did lack

It was clear this issue they’d certainly force
Leaving me simply with no other choice

But when I went down, did plead his return
This offer he did immediately spurn

Again and again him I did ask
Even offered to do any task

But ‘twas clear to me, clear from the start
That in any discussion he wouldn’t take part

So defeated I went back to my home
My heart sat heavy, as though it were stone

For though Prometheus had tricked me before
This task was simple, it stung all the more

For once I feared for my power my seat
Though me and Athene could still them defeat

For if it was rule for which Hephaestus had yearned
He maybe could win if ‘gainst me all of them turned

But when I returned to Olympos above
I remembered there was no power greater than love

For despondent I had taken a longer way back
Allowed my sister to find the right track

For I returned at the end of a wedding
Between the master of craft and the mistress of bedding

For my promised success she had no sort of trust
And though instead he’d give into lust

For each gift was an insult to me
Clearly ‘twas why each of them be

Aphrodite’s though stood well apart
Her gift seemed true of the heart

So down to that island she’d gone once again
To that island lacking in men

Dressed in the girdle to Hephaestus she went
To see if it’s meaning was what she’d thought it’d meant

“Of crafty craftsman” she said ‘pon her approach
“Clearly your skills are beyond all reproach

“This girdle’s the best that I ever will see
But I wonder why you would make it for me”

With a coquettish grin and an eyebrow raised
Clearly she teased while Hephaestus she praised

But Hephaestus was smart and knew well her game
He wished to play too, though not quite the same

“I’m sure” he said “you already know
What ever some think, your mind isn’t slow

“You rule, after all, all love itself
You surely receive many presents of wealth

“You must know what it was for
Do you question all who adore?”

He turned to her, returned a sweet smile
Neither said anything for quite a long while

“Well,” she said “you wonders produce
But too did you stand up to Zeus

“What can I say? they’re an object of lust
All whom themselves wholly do trust

“And I do have ideas, for more than one
Of what you could make with which we’d have fun

“I know that you know I’m both love and lust
If you wish more than pleasure, you can not me trust”

At the ropes of the girdle which he did craft
He grabbed and pulled as she giggled and laughed

He pulled her in close, so close to him
Both breathing heavy, both full of vim

He said “no need to worry for while I wish you my wife
“I already know how you’d live your own life

“And I’m a craftsman thus get no greater joy
Than seeing an item or person their purpose employ”

Smiling and flushed they did deeply then kiss
Cupid’s arrow, it never does miss