I bounced the boys on my knees
and spun a story from the seeds of my sour grapes
sharing with them the news of my disappointing life.
“When Cronus ruled the Earth”, I said,
“the Seas sang and the Mountains danced
and Cronus fretted over the Music of the Cosmos.
“He foresaw his immortality ending
he saw that he would be overturned
by the ones who called him Father.
“He worried about Delphi’s warning
and he never let his children live another day
swalling his progeny like an unpalatable meal.
“The aftertaste burned his throat
Stinging reminders of his half-baked plan
as the worry (and his children) gnawed at him from the inside.
“But Gaia galled him and Rhea lured Cronus into swalling the stone,
a menagery of misery to replace Zeus in his digestive tract
swapping one troubling mouthful for another
“And Cronus was deceived, believing his son was deceased.
While Zeus, under Adamanthea’s spell, lived in suspension,
halfway between childhood and eternity.
“But finally the day of confrontation arrived,
and Zeus slipped his father a strong dose of Ipecac
spiking his wine with a more potent brew.
“And Cronus regurgitated his five other offspring.
He looked at Zeus in shock, realizing the Oracle’s
will had won out, and that chasing fate was foolish.”
“But, my children,” I continued, “I have learned my lesson.
Your father won’t make Cronus’ mistakes. Instead
of swallowing the echos of my disappointment
“I’ll bury them. I’ll accept that you three will someday
soon rise above your father who raised you,
becoming the gods that you were meant to be.”
The room grew quiet, as my sons digested the lesson
of Cronus. Their thoughtful stares lasted as long as
it took for the sounding of the dinner bell, and
All was forgotten as they headed for the Halls of Paradise,
a meal of ambrosia and nectar awaiting them
as I, the once powerful God of this realm, settled down for my nap.
Constructed by my younger daughter and me, this story started with a much darker ending in mind… She has been reading a lot of Greek myths recently (anyone else seen Percy Jackson?) and the story was heavily influenced by what she’s been learning.