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Fighter´s Farewell

Now at the last, my luck has left me
as I knew well that once it would:
long had I been unbested in battle,
victories won with Valfather´s will.

Weapons he gave me, wits harder than iron:
strenght to the sword-arm, cunning for shield,
skill for the skirmish, courage for strife.

Wisdom of words gave Odhroerir´s owner;
sharper was found the blade of my mind
than my enemies´ arrows, and keener the edge
of my well-whetted tongue than my foes´ bluntness.

Unharmed I went and unharmed returned,
to fields of contest and hale to my home.
But the boons you bestowed  were yours to withdraw,
loan for a time, gifts never mine.

While you were with me, I worried never
nor needed to fear the fiercest of fights;
Now that you rise to ride against me
first time and last, all I give lost;

Lifeless my limbs, torpid my tongue,
stricken as one lightning has felled.
As a boat that was buoyed by treacherous waves,
when the weather turns wild, is dragged to the deep,

Or a raven´s fair flight, borne by the breeze,
is suddenly stalled when the winds fail,
So my skills now forsake me, fettered I stand -                             © 2004 Michael L. Peters
a fish from the net, a fox from the snare
would sooner escape than one that you chose.

I will not turn to hide from your face,
though hooded in shadows as of storms´ clouds;
Death does reveal what life had withheld:
your terrible beauty, hard to behold.

Before you, I fall, pierced by your gaze,
the gleam of your eye like the glint of your spear
seen only by those doomed to die soon.

This my last sight, my star as I sink
down in the darkness of its dread twin;
your blue cloak my shroud as I pass into night
giving my life, yielding my soul.

© 2004 Michaela Macha

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This work by Michaela Macha (www.odins-gift.com) is licensed
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Image: "The Grey God (Odin)", © 2004 Michael L. Peters, used by his kind permission. 
Available as print at The Art of Michael L. Peters.