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The Voyage

The tempest rages, tossing longboats high - It’s better than a ‘straw death’ way to die. But is the cause the writhing Midgard snake? Are Aegir and his Maidens wide awake? Is Aegir lurking, planning a surprise, To clutch at us, with glee in his old eyes? I scan for nixies, undines, and mermaids, And hope we reach the land to savour raids. Next, comes the singing of the Lorelei: Ignore her voice if you don’t want to die! As storms subside, just sea spray makes us wet. Beware! Ran may be waiting with her net - She’d hope to drag us down to her stronghold; To buy our comfort there, we carry gold. So on and on we sail ‘til we sight land, As guided by the mighty Odin’s hand. And there I’ll fight: a hero’s death for me. Next stop Valhalla flown by Valkyr!

Copyright © | Year Posted 2011

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Date: 5/14/2011 6:46:00 AM
A poetic mix of history and mythology. You take the reader with you on that longboat! Excellent write.
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Date: 4/24/2011 9:41:00 AM
When I was a kid, I used to take my ten cent allowance and go on saturday mornings to the Blue Mouse Theatre and watch all the voyages of Sinbad - loved them - this sonnet brings back fantastic memories for me Jack, Also, thank you for reading that long Ballad. I like my original verson more - the one I entered in the legend contest. However, Debbie Guzzi, hounded me to re-write it as a ballad, so I did it for her. Love, Lainie
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Date: 4/23/2011 10:09:00 PM
great Jack, extreamly very gripping... had fun reading your poem, take care and have your self a happy and safe Easter! always p.d.
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Date: 4/23/2011 5:31:00 PM
wow it is kind of like a sonnet and what a topic, I remember a movie I saw based on mythology. I am sure that is what this is about . grreat writing, jack.
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Date: 4/23/2011 11:53:00 AM
Excellent write!Enjoyed--kash
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Date: 4/22/2011 3:52:00 PM
Interesting work..Very creative work ...Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my work..Sara
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Date: 4/22/2011 2:55:00 PM
Wow! What an impresive blend of legends, lore and history, Jack. I was in suspense throughout. Are the Lorelei the same as Sirens? Definitely a favorite for me!! Love to you and Sue, Carolyn
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Date: 4/22/2011 12:14:00 PM
I love the mythical panorama! There is very little poetry on this sight dealing with such themes. I wrote a poem on Odysseus's travails. Enjoyed greatly!
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Date: 4/22/2011 10:44:00 AM
a great write, enjoyed reading this.
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