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A Viking Funeral

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A Viking Funeral

When that day comes that I will die, dress me in the finest silk
the color of the evening sky
As the sun sets west and reflects upon the sea
place me in a sailing craft carved from the finest teak
surround me with all my memories of keepsakes and my written words

and when the tide goes out you may set my sails pointed west
Shoot a flaming arrow as I drift away
to pierce the boat and set it afire
and consume me on my final journey
When the flame is extinguished, retrieve my ashes
and place them in an alabaster jar

My life has always been mundane, I never lived to seize the day
my luck and judgements never meshed
my essence nor my core refreshed

To take a trip in such a way
To be remembered on that day
will seal the memory of my death
when I have breathed my final breath
Ralph Sergi ©

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  1. Date: 2/3/2014 4:22:00 PM
    Really dig this, see you in Valhalla!

  1. Date: 12/2/2013 4:22:00 PM
    A fine tradition to admire and preserve Ralph - you still have time to make Providence, and Valhalla proud my friend - somewhere there is a battle with your name on it - J.A.B. %

  1. Date: 11/21/2013 6:18:00 PM
    You depict a wonderful scene and images in this poem. A grand exit yet romantic and poetic at the same time. A ritual fit for pagan kings and Poets. Nicely done.

  1. Date: 11/21/2013 3:07:00 PM
    Thank you, Karen. I have made arrangements for that journey.

  1. Date: 11/21/2013 11:53:00 AM
    Sounds like the grand finale is better than the journey. Pondered for a while on this one. Great content and imagery :)

  1. Date: 11/17/2013 10:42:00 AM
    Vince , thank you for your comment

  1. Date: 11/16/2013 10:15:00 PM
    We need the adventures when we're young so the memories keep us content in our waning years. The funeral sends us on a new adventure.

  1. Date: 11/13/2013 6:52:00 PM
    Enjoy the poem very much it reminds me of an Uncle (Jim) of mine who always wanted a Viking Funeral.

  1. Date: 11/11/2013 10:20:00 AM
    This made me think of the series game of Thrones. I really enjoyed the thought that went into this one. It calls us to reach beyond the mundane and live fearlessly today.

  1. Date: 7/7/2013 1:12:00 PM
    interesting one must say! Congrats ~SKAT~

  1. Date: 6/18/2013 12:20:00 AM
    Congratulations Ralph, well done xx