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Odin's Army

Mark Halliday Avatar Mark Halliday - Premium MemberPremium Member Send Soup Mail Go to Poets Blog Block poet from commenting on your poetry

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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: 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

  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 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!

  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.

  1. Date: 3/31/2014 2:42:00 AM
    You are in a writer's mood, it seems Mark... Well done. Verlena :)s