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Sleipnir Rides

Sleipnir rides; eight-legged like the bier
that carries the dead man to the pyre;
galloping through winter night sky;
summoning those doomed to die.

The Huntsman's charge; loud as drums.
Hooves they thunder; for you he comes.
Will you go with the Lord of Hosts as he passes by?
Or cling and stare aghast as the wild ones fly?

Through the wind; voices seductively call.
Your spirit seeks to rise; but your body does fall.
Rising to ride amongst the fearsome wraith
to embrace the god you once loved with faith.

2005 Matilda Marks


Image: Arthur Rackham, 1910

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