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At the Dark Gate

When the freshly deceased,
still confused by the fact of their death,
ashamedly try to hide their decomposition,
when they assemble at the dark gate,
they encounter Helja, the flaming Goddess,
Helja the Great.

Behold: her face is that of a she-wolf,
who smiles at them -
her body is a burning light
that blinds them!

She tears their skin
so that they might lose their boundaries,
she punctures their eyes
so that they might see.
She takes their hearts and chews them,
chews them with black and magnificent mouth
- until they are finally ready
for the endless aim without name.

German original: "Am Finstertor": Barbara Bey
Translation: Michaela Macha


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