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A Story Never Written (Keto: the Beginning)

John is a freelance writer, ghost-writer, storyteller, and poet. He always tries to include a message or social commentary in his writing

The Tundra

The Tundra

A Story Never Written

There is a famous story

Passed down from ancient times

About a man who could not see,

But was a brilliant mime.

He grew up in the Tundra,

In a home that had no walls.

His smell and hearing were acute,

He knew all the creatures’ calls.

He could imitate the movements

Of beasts he’d never seen,

And amazed the people of his clan

By interpreting their dreams.

This man could walk, and run, and hunt

The way sighted people can,

And was famous as a prophet

For he could read the thoughts of man.

His tribe were fearsome warriors

But he was a man of peace,

And his timely moderation

Often caused a war to cease.

Though his strength was without question,

He could paddle a canoe,

Or throw a spear 100 yards,

And do the work of two.

He also was a healer

Who could cure a stricken child,

And even resurrect the dead

With just a touch and smile.

This man was known as Keto

And his fame it quickly spread,

How one who had no vision

Could raise people from the dead.

He could sense the start of seasons,

Predict when snow would fall,

Knew when to plant the summer crop

As the rain came at his call.


People traveled many miles

Braving heat or snow,

To seek advice or healing

From the fabled seer, Keto.

Asking nothing for his service,

No payment or regress,

Except for one humble demand,

“Help another in distress!”

No history books record his name,

And often written words are wrong.

But his story passed down verbally,

And through drawings, dance, and song.

Do you believe this story

Of the blind seer called Keto?

Then this fiction poem has done its job,

And home my pen can go.

Author's Admission

Sometimes I write a fictitious piece of poetry or short story and my readers mistakenly think that it was about a real situation or a past experience of mine when in fact it was totally a figment of my mind. I know this is a complement to a writer but when this happens I feel a little guilty .. As though I have lied to my reader.

That said, if you read this poem thinking that Keto was in fact a real historical figure or folk hero and that his story was true, then I apologise for the deception. He is totally fictitious, though based on a number of other historical characters. Thanks for reading though.

© 2017 John Hansen


John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 17, 2018:

Thank you very much for that kind comment, Phyllis.

Phyllis Doyle Burns from High desert of Nevada. on June 17, 2018:

Well, I did think it was a true story, John. And I do not see that as a deception on your part, it is a great achievement to write something so well it seems true. Well done indeed.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on May 29, 2018:

Thank you, Shyron. I want to believe he was real as well. Hopefully you will want to read the second and third in the series then :) Blessings.

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on May 29, 2018:

John, this is a totally amazing poem. I want to believe that Keto really lived or is living among us. Yes your words give me hope.

Blessings my friend.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on May 05, 2018:

Thank you for the kind comment, Li-Jen. Good to see you back. I hope the new job is going well.

Li-Jen Hew on May 05, 2018:

Hi Jodah. Enjoyable poem you got there! :) I am inspired. Sounds to me that Keto is more capable than some people who aren't blind. And your admission haha. :) True or not, it's worth a read.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 19, 2017:

Thank you, John. I find fiction, and poetry in particular, to be a very effective way of teaching life lessons. Take Aesop's fables for example.

John Ward from Richmond, British Columbia, Canada. on February 18, 2017:

I have found wisdom in your work and have perceived many a good lesson there as well. Fiction can both teach and instruct and also bring a measure of enlightenment. Keep it coming my Friend. I still have lots to learn.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 13, 2017:

Hey Paula, that comment made my day. This is the type of poetry I love to write the most as well. Glad you enjoyed and hope part 2 doesn't disappoint.

Suzie from Carson City on February 13, 2017:

Oh Jodah! This is the style of Poetry I love the most! What a wonderful and fascinating story....so flowing and beautiful. Going now to Part 2!!

You have such a gift.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 13, 2017:

Thank you for reading this Alicia (Linda). If Keto was a real person my job would have been easier as I could have just done some historical research and relayed that, but as I said earlier I did try to incorporate the traits or abilities of others from history. I hope you enjoy the second part too.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on February 13, 2017:

I'm looking forward to reading more about Keto. He's a very interesting character! I wondered if he was a real person as I was reading your poem. Well done, John.

DREAM ON on February 13, 2017:

I find myself reading the same hubs many times. My reasoning is simple. I enjoyed it so much the first time I want to see if I get the same reaction the second time around. I love stories that inspire and enlighten my height of passion for life. I sometimes feel after a week or two we forget the things that matter the most. So in conclusion I have read this hub from the second time and I have a new reaction to your hub. As soon as I started to read, your words came racing back. It was if your were telling me in your own words out loud as I read each line. The thrill of reading is still very strong. I leave once again with a deep appreciation for your writing talent. This time I also think of all the hubs you have read of mine and shared so much extended pleasure. Thank you for sharing.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 13, 2017:

Tim, thank you for sharing that special journey you were taken on this morning. I must admit to contemplating the connection between my writing this legend of Keto and Eric's sermon"The Beauty of Reality" as well. His acknowledgement of "Keto and the Falcon" added to that. I am glad you were left with Keto's advice "to help another in distress." There seems to be a higher force at work here.

Tim Mitchell from Escondido, CA on February 13, 2017:

I arrived here along a morning journey. It began with a hunch Eric wrote something new. I arrived at Eric's Sunday Sermon; The Beauty of Reality. From there I was led to Keto and the Falcon - A Story Never Written Part 2. And, then here. I pondered reality especially reading of Keto's legend and lore. So, I am left wondering of his abilities as a soothsayer. That said, reality and such, yes, I do believe the story. Then, proceed with this thought today leading me, "Help another in distress!” through sharing . . .

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 31, 2017:

Thank you for that confirmation and encouragement, Lawrence. I realise from the responses to this that I have no need to feel guilty anymore. Glad you enjoyed the story. Blessings.

Lawrence Hebb from Hamilton, New Zealand on January 31, 2017:


Isn't that the dream of every writer? To create characters so real that we're left wondering, I know I was left wondering if there was an element of truth behind the story, and you've no need to feel bad about that, it's the mark of a great writer!



John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 26, 2017:

Thank you Shauna. I am glad you like my character Keto. Wow, start my own folklore around him, you think? How does one actually go about that.. It sounds like quite an undertaking? I think a legend has to have it's origin in a few different sources to set it's routes, but I could maybe develope a series around him.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 26, 2017:

Hey there Missy. I am so happy that you loved this poetic tale and found it believable. I agree with you about blind people often having an extra sense and abilities the rest of us never develope. Thank you for your great comment. I hope Stevie Wonder reads this :)

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on January 26, 2017:

John, I love this character! You could start your own legend of folklore with this guy and I think you should!

Missy Smith from Florida on January 26, 2017:

Oh, I loved it! It was very believable! I think it's realistic fiction for sure. This is a story that could be existent. It certainly has real aspects connected to it. Blind people do, to me, have this amazing power of vision even though they cannot really see the world like others. Great imagination, if that is all you have, I believe, can truly guide your unseen visions to reality. They can...I bet Stevie Wonder would agree! ;)

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 16, 2017:

That would be nice wouldn't it Rasma? Thank you for the kind comment and I do hope you have a reprieve from the snow soon.

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on January 16, 2017:

A most wonderful story making me wish there was a Keto to consult. Then perhaps with his wisdom he could make all this snow and ice go away and we could look forward to an early spring.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 16, 2017:

Yes, I think you are right, Jennifer. Every tribe wants one and those who don't, have a pretender. Thanks for reading. Glad you liked the pics.

Jennifer Mugrage from Columbus, Ohio on January 16, 2017:

He sounds like the classic folk hero / legend. The guy we all wish we had in our tribe. And the guy that every shyster pretends to be.

Beautiful pictures.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 16, 2017:

Thank you, MsDora. I don't know what else to say. You humble me.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on January 16, 2017:

It says wonderful things about you, Jodah, that your mind houses such kind and noble images of mankind. Thanks for sharing in excellent poetry.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 16, 2017:

Shyron I have to thank you'

For your encouragement and support.

I think you'd say my poems were good

Even if they came up short :)

Seriously, I do appreciate your kind words.


Shyron E Shenko from Texas on January 15, 2017:

No need for an apology, for a story I wish were true

You are a masterful story teller

And I so much admire you

This story is a masterpiece and you did it justice too.

Love it

Blessings always

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 15, 2017:

Dream On, thank you for taking the time to read this and leave such a wonderful comment. I hope others too find my writing "vivid and alive." It makes my day if my writing can brighten someone else's. Yes, I will keep writing as long as I am breathing, and you promise to do the same.

DREAM ON on January 15, 2017:

I know that you said the story is not true or based anyone real. I think your writings are wonderful. In my mind your hubs are vivid and alive. They are as real as the sun I feel and appreciate every day. The amazing stars that glow in the darkest of nights. The clouds that are so huge they fill up the sky.The air that we breathe and keeps us alive. All my organs in my body that function and I have to take someone's word for. Keep sharing and writing to enlighten all us with your insight and knowledge. Thank you so much for writing and caring.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 14, 2017:

Thank you, Flourish. That is not such a bad idea...writing a series of poems similar to this about real historical figures. I will give it some thought.

FlourishAnyway from USA on January 14, 2017:

You've done a great job on this made up figure and I can imagine a series of similar articles about real historical figures. Something to ponder. You're good at this.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 14, 2017:

Hi Peg, you are right that if folklore is ore interesting if it is somewhat believable. Thanks for such an insightful and generous comment on my tale.

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on January 14, 2017:

Folklore is at its best is when it is believable. This wonderful tale of strength and charity is amazing in its depth and understanding of our human need to believe in something bigger than our own problems or our dilemmas. You've combined so many ways to be grateful into this tale. Great read.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 14, 2017:

I can't ask for a much better comment than that, Nell. Thank you for reading this story/poem of mine. Glad you enjoyed the read and found it believable.

Nell Rose from England on January 14, 2017:

Well real or not that was fabulous! I totally believed! lol! love the way you wrote that, what a story!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 14, 2017:

I also glad you enjoyed this, Eric. I have always been attracted to characters like Keto in books and movies etc. since childhood. Anything can become real in your imagination if you want it to. Haha.."real cartoon" good one.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on January 14, 2017:

John this poem is just fantastic. I love how you flow dude. It is just a great story.

I guess I spent a little too much time sitting and deep breathing and humming and going somewhere in my mind as I pretty much am sure Keto is real.

My son watches a cartoon and tells me it is not real. I admonish him that it is real, a real cartoon.

Venkatachari M from Hyderabad, India on January 13, 2017:

A beautiful story, John! I was thinking it was about some real, wonderful man (like Jesus) and I thought of Googling about Keto after completing the reading. But, I found your acknowledgment there below the story. Lol!

Anyway, it is very close to some real people who existed and will always exist in this world to keep it alive and a place worthy of living.

Thank you for this wonderful piece of work on an auspicious day for our Hindus. It is Makar Sankranthi today, 14/01/2017. Whoever takes bath in holy waters and worships God with a true heart will attain direct moksha and reach Lord's abode on this sacred day, as per our beliefs and scriptures.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 13, 2017:

Hi Jo. I am glad you found Keto to be an appealing character. Maybe I will develop him further and continue his story. Thanks for the suggestion.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 13, 2017:

Thanks Mike. Being called a "true story teller" by one as qualified as you is quite a compliment. Have a great weekend.

Jo Miller from Tennessee on January 13, 2017:

Real or not, I like Keto. Stay with him. There are stories there.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on January 13, 2017:

Hello John - You are a true story teller. You put a lot of thought into this piece and made us see Keto.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 13, 2017:

I know you are right, Chris. It is really what most fiction writers strive to do isn't it? Make their audience connect with the story so much that they believe it is real. Thanks, I appreciate it.

Chris Mills from Traverse City, MI on January 13, 2017:

John, if you tell the story so well that we believe it, then that is a feather in your cap. Good job with this one.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 13, 2017:

Thanks for the great comment, Mel. You are right about people today having a narrow focus and missing out on the joys of the real world around them. I am amazed at some of the fantastic human beings I read about from time to time, and I am sure that there has at sometime been at least one similar to "Keto." I am glad he was an appealing character and that I fooled you..a mailman who has seen it all :)

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 13, 2017:

Hi Sakina, your kind comment on my poem is most welcome. We need more people in the world like Keto today, don't we? Especially with his ethics.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 13, 2017:

Thank you for saying that, whonu. It is much appreciated. Glad you enjoyed my tale.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 13, 2017:

Thank you so much, Ruby. I am glad you enjoyed Keto's story. I can't help but rhyme. I find it easier than prose.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 13, 2017:

I guess that is true, Bill. Thanks for the compliment. I have never read "The Bridges of Midison County" though I saw the movie with Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep, I think. The book must have been well-written to fool you.

Mel Carriere from Snowbound and down in Northern Colorado on January 13, 2017:

You had me fooled, but I would bet you that somewhere on the planet there is, or has been, an amazing individual such as this. Sometimes our eyes are an impediment to getting in touch with our other senses. People are so focused on looking at their televisions and smart phones that they don't hear life around them. They don't hear the song of the birds, which speak tons, and they don't feel the subtle changes in the breeze, which can signal many changes. Worst of all, they cannot sense their own intuition. Fascinating poem.

Sakina Nasir from Kuwait on January 13, 2017:

Jodah, this poem is lovely and the rhymes are awesome. Loved how you have described Keto with such detail in such a short piece. Great work! ☺ Also, the line "Help another in distress" is very needed and true in today's time.

whonunuwho from United States on January 13, 2017:

I enjoyed reading this and believe you are a gifted storyteller my friend. whonu

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on January 13, 2017:

I really got into this story that was never written before. You are so good at writing folklore and making it seem real. I love to rhyme and you my friend, are one of the best...

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 13, 2017:

I find that to be true of most good writers. Readers assuming we are talking about real life...and I think that is a compliment. I remember reading a book called "The Bridges of Madison County," and it was so well-written that I was convinced it had actually happened. I even Googled the characters to find out more about them in real life. LOL Good writing indeed!

Ann Carr from SW England on January 13, 2017:

Yes, thanks, we are fine. It's quite cold outside (has been for the last few days) but we're cosy indoors. No snow here, though the north and others have had a lot! Don't suppose you've had any either!!!


John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 13, 2017:

Ann, as I wrote this Keto began to materialise into an amazing figure. I wanted him to have been real..maybe he was. Thank you for the kind and encouraging comment, and I am glad you enjoyed this story on Friday 13th. All is well here, and I hope it is the same with you.

Ann Carr from SW England on January 13, 2017:

Don't apologise for a good work of fiction, John. It's up to the reader to decide whether a story is true or false, based on fact or fiction; indeed, if this is an amalgamation of fragments of history, or fragments of stories, your version is part truth, part wonderful imagination! Just accept the compliments which will fly in.

I thoroughly enjoyed it. We need more people like Keto to make our world a better place.

You lifted my Friday afternoon - it is, after all, Friday 13th!!!

Hope all's well with you, John.


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