Vikings

Darkening autumn spewed forth
its restless orphans ,
ejected them from pale gaunt
wombs of the Northern twilight;
Maelstromed them across
inhospitable Oceans ,
borne by timbered craft ,
steered by iron-needle
crewed by hunger,need and avarice ;
Shield ,axe and oaths
searching for the promise of Valkyrie songs ,
angry assemblies of swords sundered
Odin’s ethereal sphere ,
inciting howls in distant wolverine forests
and quickening the hunger in their own veins.

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