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Keto the Peacemaker - A Story Never Written: Part 3

Updated on March 2, 2017
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John is a long-time poet, short fiction, and article writer. He studied a Writing for Profit course through ACS but loves story-telling.

The land was harsh and barren
The land was harsh and barren | Source
Trbal warriorsready for war
Trbal warriorsready for war | Source

Keto the Peacemaker

The land was harsh and barren,

Resources often scarce.

It was survival of the fittest

And the fight to live was fierce.


Two tribes were on the verge of war,

Slim chance to compromise.

Only one man could avert it,

The seer with sightless eyes.


The chieftain of one of the tribes

Was opposed to wasted life,

So seeking to avert the war

He chose his youngest wife.


He mounted her upon a horse

And gave her furs to trade,

Then sent her off to seek the help

Of the legendary sage.

Lena and her horse
Lena and her horse | Source
The door of a yurt
The door of a yurt | Source

Keto sat beside a fire

In a yurt, he made from skins.

The outside air was arctic cold

But it was warm within.


He sensed the horse approaching

And opened up the door,

Inviting the young woman in.

"You're here about the war."


How could he know? she wondered,

But she confirmed that's why she came,

"My chief has sent me on a quest

To find the one so famed."


Keto replied, "I'm just a man,

No deity or god."

But he agreed to accompany her

And do the best he could.

Yurt
Yurt | Source

He made her stay the night and rest

And fed her hearty food,

So in the morning, she'd have strength.

The return journey to resume.


He learnt her name was Lena,

Only 15 years of age,

And he amazed her with his knowledge.

She could tell he was a sage.


They loaded up the horses

With provisions for a week,

The set-off back to give the chief

The answers he did seek.


On arriving in the village,

The people stared in awe.

Here was the living legend

They'd never seen before.

Tribal Chieftain
Tribal Chieftain | Source
Warrior Chief of other tribe
Warrior Chief of other tribe

Keto met with both the chieftains

Of the two opposing clans.

They agreed to sit together

And listen to his plans.


"You need to be nomadic

And move towards the south.

Follow the migrating herds,

There'll be food for every mouth."


"Then as the winter thawing starts

Return from whence you came

And plant these seeds I'm giving you,

Then you'll have summer grain."


"Warfare's not the answer,

No benefit it brings.

Other than the loss of life,

It never solves a thing."

The chiefs accepted this advice

And shelved their plans for war,

And Keto's fame as peacemaker

Soon passed down in folklore.

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    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      15 months ago from Queensland Australia

      You said it, Val. Why don't our leaders seek advice from real experts in the field (wise men) instead of just being concerned with extending their time in power and feathering their own nest?Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Vladimir Karas 

      15 months ago from Canada

      John---What a nice poem! What do you say, isn't it just too bad that nowadays leaders won't seek advice from anyone wise, as they merely follow their fury and greed for influence and power?

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      John Hansen 

      15 months ago from Queensland Australia

      It is always great to see a comment from you on one of my hubs, Paula. Yes, I think there are more than a few places that could do with the intervention of a Keto. Glad you enjoy my poetry.

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      Paula 

      15 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Jodah.....Well, it's settled. Seems to me every single country, state, town and community must have a "Keto," with no doubt about it. With every passing day, the storms and their damage increasing, I'd say Keto needs to hurry....before we blow each other to bits!!

      Your Poetry is always GREAT! Peace, Paula

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      John Hansen 

      15 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Shauna, I greatly appreciate your generous comment. I am glad you are enjoying my attempt at creating a piece of folklore.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      15 months ago from Central Florida

      John, I'm so glad you've taken this story into the folklore I thought it should be from the start. You do such a beautiful job of telling a story in flowing rhyme. You truly are a master poet!

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      John Hansen 

      15 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Lawrence, you are so right that war benefits no one. Glad you liked my poem/story.

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      15 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      John

      Very encouraging story. War benefits no one. Loved it.

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      John Hansen 

      16 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for the encouraging comment, Bodylevive. Glad you enjoyed this.

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      Threekeys 

      16 months ago from Australia

      It's like Im on horseback too as I read and move into the rhythm of your words and story. The music gives me a taste of tribal beauty. Enjoyed it, john.

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      BODYLEVIVE 

      16 months ago from Alabama, USA

      Beautiful and well written! The music is so captivating! I love it.

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      John Hansen 

      16 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Sakina, it's appreciative comments like this that make me want to keep writing.

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      Sakina Nasir 

      16 months ago from Kuwait

      Great poem Jodah! Loved the series. You're so talented. God bless you! :)

    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      16 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you, AliciaC. Your comment is very much appreciated.

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      John Hansen 

      16 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for the great comment Dream On. Yes, I agree it is good to lose ourselves into a little escapism from time to time. It would be a wonderful adventure to find yourself a part of. Glad you liked the Mongolian music too.

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      John Hansen 

      16 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Missy, thank you for reading this most recent chapter of Keto's story. Glad you are enjoying it. You are right about tribal ways being visionary.

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      John Hansen 

      16 months ago from Queensland Australia

      It is always great to get your comments, MsDora. I am glad this was inspiring to you.

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      Linda Crampton 

      16 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I enjoyed reading about more of Keto's wisdom. He is indeed a sage. The first photo in this article is beautiful, John.

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      Dora Weithers 

      16 months ago from The Caribbean

      Great narrative poetry. Both form and content are great. Thanks for the entertainment and inspiration.

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      Missy Smith 

      16 months ago from Florida

      A very cool story through poetic vision, John. It fits considering past tribal ways were very visionary. Great story. Great poem. :)

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      DREAM ON 

      16 months ago

      I want to wrap myself in a buffalo skin or bear hide and read from morning to night. Enjoying every word and following all your pictures. I think it would be so important to have Keto's advice now in today's world. The Mongolian music made it terrific. Thank you for sharing.

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      John Hansen 

      16 months ago from Queensland Australia

      I am glad the music added something to this, Ruby. Thank you for following Keto's story, and I am glad you are enjoying it. Thank you for such a lovely comment.

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      John Hansen 

      16 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Venkat, thank you for following the series. I am glad you are enjoying Keto's tale.

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      John Hansen 

      16 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi, Nell. Thank you for reading this. Glad you loved the story and accompanying pictures.

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      John Hansen 

      16 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for reading this, threekeys. It is comments like this that are so special to me as a writer. We need to hold on to that mystery and hope within us.

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      John Hansen 

      16 months ago from Queensland Australia

      I am glad the story and music transported you, Eric. Keto is real to me too. If you believe in something strongly enough you can make it reality.

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      Threekeys 

      16 months ago from Australia

      You transported to a time and place far beyond. In touch with rustic primitiveness that reminds me that mystery and hope is in our core.

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      Nell Rose 

      16 months ago from England

      That was so cool! lol! loved that! and the pictures were a great choice!

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      Venkatachari M 

      16 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Very nice story and a wonderful healing music. Thanks for sharing these Keto series.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      16 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Listening to the Mongolian music as you read this is an added treat. This is really special. I love your rhyming!

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      Eric Dierker 

      16 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I closed my eyes and listened to the music then read again. Somehow in the thousands of miles and thousands of years Keto is real to me. Why not?

      Thank you

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      John Hansen 

      16 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Clive. I am glad you like this tale. I am enjoying writing it. Thank you.

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      Clive Williams 

      16 months ago from Jamaica

      I love this piece. Quite imaginary indeed

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      John Hansen 

      16 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for following this Bill. Yes, it certainly is up to us as writers to pass down stories through the generations. I'm trying to do my small part, as I know you are.

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      John Hansen 

      16 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Tim, thank you for following Keto's continuing story and for the generous comment. I am glad the tale is managing to hold your interest.

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      John Hansen 

      16 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for reading this Manatita. Your comment and comparison to William Tell are appreciated.

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      Tim Mitchell 

      16 months ago from Escondido, CA

      Awesome. Keto in this series of narrative poetry certainly has a legacy to behold. This poem shares the complexity of rivalry met with a journey to search out his wisdom, which is genuinely shares. Nice!

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      Bill Holland 

      16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      And so it was...stories told and passed down through the generations...the legacy of the storyteller, and we writers are that legacy...well done, John!

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      manatita44 

      16 months ago from london

      Very, very nice ... soothing. Reminds me of William Tell. But yes, I know it's very different. Excellent job!

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