Valhalla Poem by Ayman Parray


Rating: 5.0

Sun sets it is dim of light
No enemy in sight
Battle over end of fight
They cry for death every night
Odin "all-father" where are you
Valkyries come take them now
Valhalla beckons, life let go
To the sanctuary of the Gods
And the worthiest of the Norse
They will celebrate and feast
Till the day comes Fenrir the beast
Valhalla beckons, life let go
Valhalla beckons

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Topic(s) of this poem: battle,death,heaven
Aashisha Chakraborty 28 May 2015

I love the mythical touch to this poem. Beautiful rendition.

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Ayman Parray 28 May 2015

Thanks Aashisha, you write so good. Wish I could write like you and Kelly Kurt.

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Unnikrishnan E S 12 May 2016

Hi Ayman, Mythically and poetically beautiful. Enjoyed reading. And Thank you Brin for introducing us into the Norse myth. A perfect 10 to you, Ayman. Keep writing and sharing.

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Bri Edwards 18 August 2015

I had to do some research online! : Fenrir, also called Fenrisúlfr, monstrous wolf of Norse mythology. He was the son of the demoniac god Loki and a giantess, Angerboda. Fearing Fenrir’s strength and knowing that only evil could be expected of him, the gods bound him with a magical chain made of the sound of a cat’s footsteps, the beard of a woman, the breath of fish, and other occult elements. When the chain was placed upon him, Fenrir bit off the hand of the god Tyr. He was gagged with a sword and was destined to lie bound to a rock until the Ragnarök (Doomsday) , when he will break his bonds and fall upon the gods. According to one version of the myth, Fenrir will devour the sun, and in the Ragnarök he will fight against the chief god Odin and swallow him. Odin’s son Vidar will avenge his father, stabbing the wolf to the heart according to one account and tearing his jaws asunder according to another. Fenrir figures prominently in Norwegian and Icelandic poetry of the 10th and 11th centuries, and the poets speak apprehensively of the day when he will break loose. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - In Old Norse texts, Odin is given primacy over female beings associated with the battlefield—the valkyries—and himself oversees the afterlife location Valhalla, where he receives as einherjar, or chosen warriors, half of those who die in battle, while the other half are chosen by the goddess Freyja for her afterlife location, Fólkvangr. Odin consults the disembodied, herb-embalmed head of the wise being Mímir for advice, and during the foretold events of Ragnarök, will lead the einherjar into battle before being consumed by the monstrous wolf Fenrir. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - i'm glad i never ran into Fenrir! ! ! ! ! ! i like the rhyming. some punctuation would be appreciated by me, though i had little trouble without it. I like the repetition of “Valhalla beckons” a nice concise story recounting some mythology. bri :)

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Valsa George 11 August 2015

Those who die for a great cause are believed to be harboured in Valhalla...... a place of bliss ruled by Odin! Once the war is over, very few remember the great warriors and their life giving sacrifice! Ayman..... you have paid a glowing tribute to the war heroes!

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Ayman Parray 14 August 2015

Dear Valsa, I feel the spiritual calling of heaven when I read 'Valhalla'. And I feel sunshine upon me as if I were a plant, every time we talk.

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Nel Omofolarin 01 August 2015

Thumbs up Ayman! The way you beautifully knitted the myth into a more beautiful rendition is plausible....the honour of dying in battle assures where seventh heavens rewards! Spiritually brilliant!

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Ayman Parray 01 August 2015

Thanks Nel, you are a kind man and work so hard to produce such offbeat poems. 'Valhalla' is one of my first and favourite works.

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Scotty Ceurvels 31 May 2015

Brilliant poem. I can sense the true honor of dying in battle here. Great work Ayman!

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Ayman Parray 31 May 2015

Thanks Scotty. You truly honour me with your heartfelt words and kindness.

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