The Spark

A spark of stolen fire
From the hearth of the gods,
Cradled within a fennel stalk,
Was ferried down from Olympos,
Nursed by the bellows breaths
of Prometheus.

Zeus saw it all,
And was undisturbed.

A mortal clan
Huddled in their cave
for a night of warmth
around the gifted flame.

Zeus saw it all,
And was undisturbed.

At first.

But while Zeus could see
across the land,
Prometheus could see
across the years.

The gift of fire led to cooking,
To communal meals,
To great serving halls,
To palaces around those halls,
To cities around those palaces,
And soon,
To mortals
ruled by powerful kings,
As much as by the gods.

The gift of fire led to kilns,
To pottery,
To over-winter stores of grain,
To jugs of oil and wine,
To trade with far-off lands,
And soon,
To mortal needs
met by wealthy merchants
As much as by the gods.

The gift of fire led to smelted ores,
To metal work,
To gold jewelry,
To copper utensils,
To bronze weaponry,
And soon,
To mortals
Protected by mighty warriors,
As much as by the gods.

The gift of fire grew and spread,
Mastered by mortals
With full bellies and comforts
Despite the will of Zeus.

In a quick blaze of anger,
Zeus punished Prometheus.

But the thunder god’s anger toward mortals
Burned slow.
Burned cold.
Their punishment would be
Pandora.

"The Spark"
Pandora - Verse 1
©2020 Greg R. Fishbone

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This poem opens Pandora, a chapter of the Mythoverse Theogony, a serialized novel in verse by Greg R. Fishbone. The story is set during the Third Age of mankind, when gods and mortals were still defining their relationships toward each other, based on works of Greek and Roman Mythology including the Theogony of Hesiod. Each poem builds on the ones that came before, so the story will make the most sense if you continue in order using the navigation links at the bottom of each poem.
 
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Pandora

Collection Mythoverse Theogony
Title "The Spark"
Order Pandora, Verse 1
Followed By "The Mastercraft"
Pre-Published Draft June 2020

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