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~ By Courtesy of Others ~

The Grey Man

Care to colour me black
Fool, I donít conform to your limited sight
Would I stab you in the back?
Never even though in darkness you delight

Care to colour me white
Fool, I am not so easy to define
Would I save you from the blight?
Never even though you see me as divine

I am grey
Always in between light and shadow
I do what I must
To allow all to see another tomorrow

Cry deeply to me in your darkest hour
Will I answer you?
Or let the wolves you devour?
I will do, as I must for that is what I do.

In your battles you call to me
Victoryís sweet flavour you desire
But when all is done to be
You may end up face down in the mire

I am grey
Always in between light and shadow
I do what I must
To allow all to see another tomorrow

But fear not those who call to me
For the grey man hears you all
And either I let you in another life be
Or call you to my side in my hall

The only thing I ask in return
Is that you remember the troth
And live your life and learn
Of ways of honour and truth

I am grey
Always in between light and shadow
I do what I must
To allow all to see another tomorrow

In the end I have done, as I must
Returning gift for gift
To those who have given me trust
Heil to those who have travelled the rift

© Dirk Schmitt, 10th August 2001


AET Australia (Assembly of Elder Troth)

Image: "Odin - The Northern God of War", full page wood engraved illustration, 
hand color. Published in Harper's Weekly, July 22, 1871.

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