Prometheus Descending

Stealing fire from the gods
was but part of a process.
Thesis, antithesis, synthesis.
Long, complicated tales.
Heroism, challenge, reciprocity
stamped into squirming genes,
appearing again and again
through the ages.
My father’s father’s father and yours
farther and farther into mists
of antiquity
words said, positions taken.
Complicated tales unravel
knots in temporal rewind.
We see hero/villain
rearrange, reverse, reverently
bow each to the other.
Who is the thief?  the victim?
What is this fire that it is not
equally shared
among the initiates
who understand the requirements
of its power?

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