Soon the Settler faced a run of problems, threatening (all) the peace
Of his mind. He handled each of these, by praying (for release)
To the All Time Keeper, who had been the Valley's Architect
From the start and wouldn't see the place as something to neglect.
So the All Time Keeper fixed each problem. Little was required
Of His endless mighty power to do the works that He desired.
Just when all the problems faced would seem defeated, by and by,
Something happened to the heating of the water tank supply.
In the middle of the winter, there were days of endless breeze
At the highest speeds, which caused the Settler's bones and skin to freeze.
When he went to use the shower, which hadn't been in use all day,
It was barely warm, and soon turned cold. Once more he chose to pray.
Then he thought about the troubles which, in quick succession ran
Through his life: the challenge to his sleep from leaders like All-Ban,
And from Skerrick (of the-Red-Tape), and the legalistic tease
Which had falsified the Valley's teaching, thanks to Phallacees.
But the Phallacees and Garisees were not the only frauds,
Who had turned the All Time Keeper's paradise to shields and swords.
There was trauma from the Water People's heresies as well,
And the Crystal-Girl's deceptions, as our early verses tell.
So the Settler asked the All Time Keeper how he'd gotten stuck
In what, on the surface, might have seemed a run of just bad luck.
Then the All Time Keeper said, "You've been the victim of the hate
Of the Valley's twisted citizen who came to infiltrate."
Settler learned about Lou Cypher, who had had the chance to be
In the All Time Keeper's palace, living. Then his jealousy
Led to war against the All Time Keeper, which he couldn't win.
So the Keeper kicked him out. Lou turned his thoughts to bones and skin:
In the Valley, Lou could hurt the ones the All Time Keeper made.
Lou's displaced aggression did its worst. The Keeper still forbade
Lou to go too far. He promised that one day, He would defeat
Old Lou Cypher, so that victory over pain would be complete.
Ever since the day the Valley met the first of its fine dawns,
Lou had seen the people there as those he'd try to use as pawns
In his war against his Maker. Now the Settler understood
That the people weren't the bad guys. It was Lou opposing good.
In due course, the All Time Keeper would come back and then invite
All the ones who loved and served Him on a supernatural flight
To the All Time Keeper's palace, where those ones would then reside,
While the All Time Keeper cleansed the Valley pure, with time and tide.
He'd imprison that Lou Cypher in a dark and vacant pit
For a thousand years, to contemplate the pain that he saw fit
To inflict upon the Valley folk, since time had first begun.
Lou would face defeat, brought by the hands of All Time Keeper's Son.
This left every Valley citizen with one thing to decide:
Would they love and serve the Keeper's Son; or help Lou Cypher's pride
(By default, if they'd reject the Son, the only one who could
Pardon all their sins and help them live as Valley people should)?
There came storm and flood and hurricane, and frequently a quake
In the world about the Valley. They were warning signs (to take),
That the Valley, as it was, would not forever just go on.
People needed to accept the Word of Light the Keeper shone.