Saturday, July 28, 2012

The Great God Kevin: A Lesser Known Greek Myth

A Sisterhood of the Goat Story
by:  Mimi Foxmorton
copyright 2012

One day on the farm 
While with one of my brothers
There arrived a white goat
That was not like the others.

He passed my cow Lizzie
And Pony the horse

A donkey named Elvis

And Miss Darla, of course.

The chickens ignored him
But that's how they act

This goat was quite different
And that was a fact.

He stood tall and lean
With a mop on his head
Had a lopsided grin
And went where I led.

His eyes were quite knowing
He looked straight at me

And settled right down
Just as calm as could be.

The others were curious 
As goats always are

'Cept for Darla
Who rammed him
And said,
"That's my Maa!"

A wee calf looked on him
With great, huge, round eyes

The barn yard was silent
You could hear the wind's sighs.

I searched through my memory
In a blink I did know it
"You're the Great God Pan." I did breathe
You can't help but show it.

"You are right." spoke the goat
Voice like honey and heaven
"But to lessen the fuss
Won't you please call me Kevin?"

"I've come from Arcadia
Near Olympus above
I noticed one day
That you needed some love."

"I'm here to remind you
That you are not alone"

"Your respect for all creatures
From above it has shone."

"The Sisterhood summoned me
They are quite astute"

"And to prove my devotion
I'll play on my flute!"

The music flowed forth
His Pan pipe I did hear
So ethereal it was
That I shed one happy tear.

The notes they dripped o'er me
Not one of them tragic
I knew then I was gifted
With goat love......

....and magic!

"'Tis true, then." I spoke
When the music had faded
"Those who say it's not true
Must surely be jaded."

"In sooth there are many
Who've forgotten the story
Of Pan on the hillside
In all of his glory."

"My Father was Hermes
The great messenger god
My mother, I knew her
For only a nod."

"I've lived many tales
Caused a wee bit of trouble
But delight to all hearts
That I've brought, it is double."

"There's the story of Syrinx
Who I thought I did need"

photo courtesy of Marigold & the Goatmother
Hi, Marigold!  Hi, Goatmother!  xox

"My pipe here you see
It was made from her reed."

"I've loved many a nymph
And sweet Echo I married
Her voice still you can hear
Down the lone path it's carried."

"I once dressed like a sheep
Fell in love with the Moon"

note to the Goatmother-I only wore it for a second-just for modeling.....I promise   ~Yellow Dog

"But she uncovered my plan
And I was sent away soon."

"I frighten the herds
And cause Panic, too
With my very fine yell of:
"Hey!  YIP!  YIP!  YOOOOO!"

"You see it's not good
To forget the old tale
Our children must know now
We can't let them fail."

"I ask you to bring
 The myths back to light
Create love for old stories
So they're not lost in the night."

So I gathered my goaties
And started to tell 
Of the Great God, um...Kevin
And his magical yell.

Our new goat was delighted
So he gave his great shout!
Darla whispered to me-
"Maaa, you figured it out!"

And from that day forward
We read every day
Stories from near
And from far, far away.

For a child's imagination
Is a miracle to behold

And as Kevin will tell you...
More precious than gold.

~The End~

~Hey! I wanted to be the last picture!
 ~Fine Darla, you can be the last picture.

~You still love me best, right?
~I still love you best, Darla.
~Good.  Then you won't mind if I do this.........

That's MY end!

Good night, everyone, from Maamaa and Me!

Submitted to the Lovely and Magical
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Claire the Shepherdess said...

Priceless. Pan is proud. As am I. xo

Anonymous said...

It's wonderful! I just love it. :-) I so want to come back to New York and meet Darla and Kevin!

Melodie said...

That was terrific! I smiled the whole time!

IsobelleGoLightly said...

That made my silly lady cry! Tee hee. That was wonderful!

Marigold said...

What a lovely tale! Now then, We don't care if Yellow Dog wore the hat because, after all, SOME of us (unlike Alpines) are into sharing. And, we are so glad you included our little Pan in the photos. We do, however, feel the need to point out that at in at least one photo, Pan is eyeballing the "Laurel Wreath" in favor of a taste me thinks. I'm just sayin'...not that anyone could blame him. :)

Marigold said...

Oh, SO sorry! 'Kevin' is eyeballing the wreath. Kevin! Yes, that's it! Not Pan, KEVIN. :)

Candy C. said...

What a wonderful story and that Kevin is one handsome fella!! :)

Aidz Giannini said...

All I can say is wow loved it .. to kewl by half :)

Susan said...

What fun! Very imaginative! And I loved the pictures interspersed throughout so that bits of the statue alternate with live goats and by the end are totally connected in my mind. I admit, it has been a long time since I looked at goats and thought of Pan. Thank you for re-linking them!

aprille said...

I SO love this.
As must everyone who is lucky enough to find it.
It ought to be prescriptive for everybody who is less than cheerful on a particular day.
Homeric post.

PoppySilverUK said...

This is so cool! I enjoyed it :)

Kerry O'Connor said...

What a surprise this was! I love how you brought together your love of myth and animals and story-telling. Lovely share!

Laurie Kolp said...

This is delightful.

Fireblossom said...

I never knew a goat could have so much to say!

amidemanila said...

Hilarious...Greek myth doubled with animal farm...

Heaven said...

Fun and creative with all the pictures ~ Thanks for sharing ~

Marian said...

holy epic poem, i love this! just love it. i am totally reading this to my kids tomorrow and i'll let you know what they say. thanks so much for sharing it! just fantastic, wow.

Margaret said...

"I ask you to bring
The myths back to light
Create love for old stories
So they're not lost in the night."

That is SO true! Pan is the PERFECT name for that goat and I love Darla's sass at the end of the "epic" poem :)

Anonymous said...

Entertaining and educational! Great poem and love the pictures!

Barbara said...

What great fun and I loved the photos to go with your tale. Children's book?