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Odin's Army

I fell in battle, sword in hand, 
Invading someone else’s land.
Then I saw her, and she reached down, 
To escort me from the battleground.
I’d let her take me anywhere, 
With her winged helmet and braided hair.

She had me stand ‘neath Odin’s throne, 
Where each warrior must stand alone.
One-eyed Odin judged me to be 
Worthy to serve in his last army….
Daily killed and resurrected--
(Not quite the afterlife expected!)

Samurais taught me to sword-fight.	 
I learned spear and shield from a Hoplite.	
Vikings taught me the battle axe, 
And the Persians taught me sneak attacks.
We die each day and then come back, 
Always practicing for Ragnorak.

She brings me mead, my Valkyrie, 
And sometimes at night she favors me.
Since she’s nearby, it’s just as well--
This isn’t Heaven, but not quite Hell.
We’ll fight and sing to the war drums, 
Waiting the day that Ragnorak comes.


(Chorus)
Our days are spent in miseries, 
But at night we have the Valkyries.
Riposte and lunge, thrust and parry; 
That’s all we do in Odin’s army.

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  1. Date: 2/4/2015 9:17:00 AM
    Love the time period of sword and shield. Please read my Brave Destrier War Horse . Would love to know what you thought . Thank you Mark. Congratulations on your win ! Well deserved. Bev

    Halliday Avatar Mark J. Halliday
    Date: 2/4/2015 10:59:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Glad you liked it. Your destrier piece was good too.
  1. Date: 2/1/2015 1:34:00 PM
    Wonderful win Mark ~SKAT~

    Halliday Avatar Mark J. Halliday
    Date: 2/3/2015 11:07:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks. You might also like my Till Ragnorak Comes.
  1. Date: 2/1/2015 1:00:00 PM
    MARK, Congratulations on your win. Awesome theme "Gods and Devil." Enjoy your day. Linda

    Halliday Avatar Mark J. Halliday
    Date: 2/3/2015 11:07:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks. You might also like Till Ragnorak Comes.
  1. Date: 1/25/2015 12:54:00 PM
    Mark, a smart write with a skilled pen, congrats on your win!

    Halliday Avatar Mark J. Halliday
    Date: 2/3/2015 11:08:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks. You might also like Till Ragnorak Comes. Same theme, but has a different perspective.
  1. Date: 1/24/2015 8:46:00 AM
    Norse mythology...o exciting Thrilled by 'She brings me mead, my Valkyrie, And sometimes at night she favors me. Since she’s nearby, it’s just as well-----' The way you use the mythical personages is really deserve commendation. A 7+++. Congrats.

    Halliday Avatar Mark J. Halliday
    Date: 2/3/2015 11:09:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks. You might also like Till Ragnorak Comes. It has a similar theme but from a modern mortal's perspective.
  1. Date: 1/23/2015 9:25:00 PM
    Congrats Mark...huggs

    Halliday Avatar Mark J. Halliday
    Date: 2/3/2015 11:10:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks. You might also like Till Ragnorak Comes.
  1. Date: 1/23/2015 1:12:00 PM
    Many congrats on your win Mark:-) Hugs Jan xx

    Halliday Avatar Mark J. Halliday
    Date: 2/3/2015 11:11:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks. You might also like Till Ragnorak Comes.
  1. Date: 5/29/2014 6:51:00 PM
    Mark, , EPIC WRITE, EPIC WIN.... CONGRATS... LUV ~LINDA

  1. Date: 5/28/2014 10:00:00 PM
    Congratulations on the fine win in the contest, Mark

    Halliday Avatar Mark J. Halliday
    Date: 2/3/2015 11:05:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks. This is one I recycled from a few years ago. I did a similar one called Till Ragnorak Comes.
  1. Date: 5/28/2014 7:13:00 PM
    MARK, Congrats---- thank you for supporting my "Diamond Dust, Devil" contest. Love ~SKAT~

  1. Date: 5/13/2014 9:58:00 AM
    I love all things Viking . Truly enjoyed this great write. She had me stand ‘neath Odin’s throne, Where each warrior must stand alone. One-eyed Odin judged me to be Worthy to serve in his last army…. Daily killed and resurrected-- (Not quite the afterlife expected!) Brilliant!!

    Halliday Avatar Mark J. Halliday
    Date: 5/13/2014 12:14:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks. I really like the line about the unexpected afterlife, too.
  1. Date: 5/12/2014 4:00:00 PM
    Thanks for commenting. I have a similar one called Till Ragnorak Comes, which addresses the same topic but from the perspective of a recently fallen soldier that gets dragged up to Valhalla.

  1. Date: 5/12/2014 3:18:00 PM
    Reminds me of the historical drama series VIKINGS which I love. Thank you for transporting me to another place and time. Bravo!

    Halliday Avatar Mark J. Halliday
    Date: 2/3/2015 11:06:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Sorry for the late reply. You also might like Till Ragnorak Comes.
  1. Date: 4/7/2014 5:57:00 PM
    I am a fan of Lord of the Rings so I very much enjoy your tale.

    Halliday Avatar Mark J. Halliday
    Date: 2/3/2015 11:05:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Sorry for the late reply. You might also like Till Ragnorak Comes.
  1. Date: 3/31/2014 2:42:00 AM
    You are in a writer's mood, it seems Mark... Well done. Verlena :)s