The Seeress

conspiring-with-ravensAlison Jardine greeted us today at the d’Verse Poets’ Pub by introducing Jacquline Hurlbert’s art as a prompt for the next poem.  Lately, I’ve been watching the TV show Vikings, in part because I am enamored of all things raven.  Imagine my delight in discovering Jackie’s evocative Conspiring With Ravens.  My fascination with the Norse gods creeps into my poem, but I’ll let you look up Odin, Fenrir, Hugin and Munin yourselves so as not to deprive you of the pleasure in their discovery.

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Hugin and Munin

sit on her shoulders

croaking secrets in her ears.

After Odin,

eaten by the wolf Fenrir,

left them lonely,

they roamed this world,

finding in every other generation

some forgotten aspect of their god,

pared from his own soul, ages since,

by the All Father

who set his  avatars to seeking

wisdom from the world.

Here and there, those shadows

manifest, reborn human,

bearing Odin’s tells–

auburn locks and eyes so black

iris melds with pupil

in indistinguishable

ebony configuration.

Viking shield, decorated with a Scandinavian pattern and Ravens of God Odin.

Such ones become

our seers and shamans,

wearing mystery like a cloak,

carrying an aura of sadness,

sacrifice and poetry.  They

speak in slanted rhymes and

rhythmic phrases, each word

enunciated clearly enough to ring

inside a mind, turning memory

upside down, side-tracking thought;

opening heart to something older

than language,  hungry

as a new-hatched chick

awaiting its first feather.

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8 Responses to The Seeress

  1. I love that idea of the ravens still being around after Ragnarok. There is so much to these myths that people believed as fervently as any modern religious adepts.

  2. robtkistner says:

    Wonderful interpretation of Jacquline’s art. I like the ravens picture. Well written Christine!

  3. Grace says:

    I so admire the myths in your poems, creating a lovely story.

  4. Frank Hubeny says:

    I like the “indistinguishable ebony configuration” of those crows and how you interspersed those images with your poem.

  5. msjadeli says:

    Methinks your hair be auburn and your eyes be black. Powerful poem, it takes me to the dream world.

  6. rothpoetry says:

    The work of a very creative imagination. Well done!

  7. I really love the thought of a new generation will take Odin’s mantle and have his ravens to help them to speak in poetry… really cool idea

  8. rosross says:

    Beautifully done. Honouring the glory of myth.

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