SOME SAY

Some say that
Darkness was first
And from Darkness
Sprang Chaos.

From a union between
Darkness and Chaos
Sprang
Night, Day, Erebus
And the Air.

From a union between
Night and Erebus
Sprang
Doom, Old Age, Death
Murder, Continence, Sleep
Dreams, Discord, Misery
Vexation, Nemesis
Joy, Friendship, Pity
The Three Fates
And the Three Hesperides.

From a union between
Air and Day
Sprang
Mother Earth, Sky, and Sea.

From a union between
Air and Mother Earth
Sprang
Terror, Craft, Anger
Strife, Lies, Oaths
Vengeance, Intemperance, Altercation
Treaty, Oblivion, Fear
Pride, Battle
Also Oceanus, Metis
And the other Titans
Tartarus
And the Three Erinnyes
Or Furies.

From a union between
Earth and Tartarus
Sprang
The Giants.

From a union between
The Sea and its Rivers
Sprang
The Nereids.

Then
With the consent
Of the goddess Athene
Prometheus
Son of Iapetus
Formed them in the likeness
Of gods.

He used
Clay and water
Of Panopeus in Phocis
And Athene
Breathed life into them.

© 2004 by Michael J. Farrand


Adapted from "Two Philosophical Creation Myths" in Robert Graves' The Greek Myths (Volume 1) , first printed in 1955 by Penguin Books.

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