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Shield Mate

Prostrate upon a crooked bier of need
you writhe combustible.
I will not lie with you and burn.
I am not kindling to be gathered and so used.

Bring the strength of iron to your mast
stride beside me do not lean.
A shadow falls and by it
we will time our rise,
speak to me of Valkyries.

Words you bring,
and words but fill an empty air,
when deeds of valor show on scar-crossed skin
what need have I for frail
and harmless things?

Build me a ship stout, lapped board
a dragon-headed fright, 
leave off the bruised and battered colors
of violet eve’s and blackened offerings.

Across the bitter seas of salt
a bloody tide abides, all men must end
but few stride, shield mate at their back.

Touch Odin’s hem and to Valhalla ride
I am insane it is true, but in truth
what does sanity breed
but insane cries?

*Dedicated to Drake E.

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  1. Date: 4/25/2013 3:59:00 PM
    I feel I have been transported back in time. Very unique piece. Thanks for sponsoring an intresting and challenging contest.

  1. Date: 4/25/2013 2:58:00 PM
    Interesting work ...Reads a lot like Drake..Very unique and creative..Thanks for the honor of placing so high in your contest..I appreciate you reading and finding it worthy..Sara

  1. Date: 4/25/2013 11:29:00 AM
    Oh, and like always, thanks for the advice!

  1. Date: 4/25/2013 11:27:00 AM
    Love this Debbie! I've got a thing for Vikings...especially the women...ha. At least the ones portrayed in the show..'Vikings'. To your comment...kittens and crotches...HA!...good idea but hopefully not least not in a biblical sense. Ok, you really got me laughing now...the guys are giving me funny looks. I'm 31, by the way. And heck, if I were your age, I would have already had to come up there and sweet talk you with my southern charm!...hahahaha

  1. Date: 4/24/2013 9:01:00 PM
    TAP TAP! The blogs are calling you... Craig actually is hollaring for you, lol, your presence is missed, Sis. But I know you are busy writing, working, helping edit Team Serious... as well as the regular drudge of life. I'm working on a crown of sonnets (apparently long isn't long enough for me, why not make it epic? Awk!!!) and its quite the experience .. hmmm... I'm going to see if you have one on soup-- love ya. Stay warm and dry -- fricking fracking SNOWED here! SNOWED! GAW! xox

  1. Date: 4/24/2013 6:00:00 AM
    Hmmm... it might be me.... I am apparantly seeing this EVERYWHERE, which means that I am probably questioning MY WORK, too. But, I am not certain the last stanza adds to the work or subtracts from it, there is something so intense and moving about ending it at the fifth stanza, the shield mate. So look but don't hmm too long, cause it may just be something that I am consumed with at the moment.. the when is it enough factor, if you know what I mean... hugs, love, more rain today! grrrrr...

  1. Date: 4/24/2013 5:55:00 AM
    Great words, great message, great dedication to a great poet! Drake! What an artiste! Hey, my blog is because of Ruben's --- we are posting some old, awful poems, the ones that deserve to be shredded but weren't, lol. It serves to show how poets grow, learn, just like your contest! Some is salvagable, some ... well... some is simply rot, compost! I wear my garbage proudly. Hee hee. Love Dee

  1. Date: 4/24/2013 5:13:00 AM
    Strong verse with powerful usage of words. A captivating write Debbie.

  1. Date: 4/23/2013 10:16:00 AM
    Wow Debbie...powerful...really enjoyed...