Raven shadowed

High above his agent-ravens soar
cawing coal-clouds
carrion-bird sailing
shadow-winged indifferent
to anything but to what
their master bids,
they watch
they listen to our souls
deduce and know of wars to come,
bringing tidings to the Gods
of battle, blood, and bones.

They watch the soldier slained
to bring him back
to Asgard and their master
Odin’s blót,
to games of sword and ax
to battle, blood, and bones.

Have you lately
seen their hungry shadows
eastward, watching, waiting?
Have you smelled again the reek
of battle, blood, and bones?

Odin enthroned and holding his spear Gungnir, flanked by his ravens Huginn and Muninn and wolves Geri and Freki (1882) by Carl Emil Doepler

Today we are writing poetry of Corvids with Ingrid at dVerse. I had to write about the two ravens of Odin, especially at this time of war in Europe.

May 24, 2022

19 responses to “Raven shadowed

  1. This is exquisitely drawn, Bjorn! Wow! 😀 I especially like; “shadow-winged indifferent to anything but to what their master bids.” Yes! ❤️❤️

  2. I really like this poem. You’ve captured the power of the mythological birds. I love “shadow-winged” and “they listen to our souls.” That gives me chills!

  3. This is so chilling and blood curdling Bjorn. They listen to our souls, terrific line! Also love the refrain of: battle, blood, and bones.

  4. This mechanism of recurring final lines worked most effectively Bjorn — excellent!

  5. Luv the mythology slant Björn. An intriguing read.
    Happy you dropped by my blog.


  6. cawing coal clouds – now that is quite an image. Listening to our souls is a bit haunting. Always, something interesting here to read. Love your way with words.

  7. Love these turns of phrase: “cawing coal-clouds” and “shadow-winged indifferent.” Definitely got a whiff of the battlefield here, Bjorn.

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