A Bard's Opening Prayer

Before a tale is told:
It was a long time ago —
no one knows when, or even if (still the story is true) —
that what happened, happened.
It is still happening, of course, and always will —
that's the way it is with true stories.
Listen carefully, then,
because this story is about where you come from,
or maybe where you are.
Maybe you haven't found it yet.
Maybe it is something that's already happened,
so it will explain where you are,
or maybe it's going on right now,
so it will help you decide what to do,
or maybe it hasn't happened yet —
forewarned is forearmed.
Listen carefully, then:
this story is true.