Valhalla’s call

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Valhalla’s call

Post by John T Mainer on Fri Oct 07, 2011 10:19 pm

Unlooked test
Once hunted hard
In youthful pride

Death beckons
Hel calls
Raven’s hunger

Not mine the life
That will be spilled
Nor kinswoman

Family mine
I must support
I must not risk;

Thunder sounding
Warrior’s call
Burning blood

Heavy heart
One last time
To battle go

Not before me
Woman or child
Shall raven’s feast

Not while living
Will my eyes
Hold such a sight

Warrior first
A name I leave
Still unstained

Death embraced
Woden’s gift
One final dance

No thought of living
No thought of loss
One last victory

Valhalla’s hall
Peace of the mound
I care not which

The gift of life
For woman and child
My blood to buy

Brightest name
And empty bed
My wife I leave

Honour won
On bloodied field
Scant comfort children

Foemen felled
Ere breath my last
In laughing victory

Old man’s folly
Proud man’s wyrd
Honour’s price

John T Mainer

Fiat justitia ruat caelum
"Let justice be done, though the heavens fall."
John T Mainer

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Re: Valhalla’s call

Post by gillyflower on Sat Oct 08, 2011 8:14 am

Beautiful, John. You are so talented. Thanks for posting your work here.

Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones. Marcus Aurelius

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Post by Beribee on Sat Oct 08, 2011 10:34 pm

Cool stuff, John! Keep posting!

Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor in the morning, the devil says, "Crap, she's up!"

A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have. -- Thomas Jefferson

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