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O’er desolate shores wept the fate of immortal flames
And into a Winter sun I bleed my dreams,
as a thousand years of love & war dressed the sky
Long-ships sailed to the otherworld upon Odin’s breath
Betwixt night and day I wandered, shimmering, peering
— Till my chalice of Dragons blood flowed but no more
I became a warrior lost in the stars, drifting, ever falling,
Until the shadows entombed my soul in Raven-lore

Lo the tempest eerie; ‘magick entwining spirit and flesh
Upon snow I awoke dreary, beneath winged-silhouettes
‘Couldst be, my Princess adored; — last of the Valkyrie!
I recall — myriad of black feathers in leisured-dance,
And our love soared ravenous unto darkness befallen
From the frosts of creation I wrought gloom and desire,
Bore the tongue of fevered winds thru oceans of time
Here thy whispers feasting, I linger, clad in mists of fire

O’ we have lived, in the arms of shadow and vapors
We have sung, in fields of nightmares and dreams
And we have loved, in the twilight of Freyja

Behold! The Norse winds howl — our passion seeking
Let a kiss undress the Night of our souls, I implore!
Dark ash slides in Raven-song across Sun and Moon,
Amethyst blood streaking thru snow, gleaming fiercely
The ether of worlds fabled besiege my blood flow —
All hallowed is the Raven! ‘Spellbound o’er gothic skies
Lo the rapture of gossamer wings, ‘velvet shades covet
— Ballets, darkly and wanton — till the morrow cries

At thy soft-ghostly figure seraphic, hungry and dripping
— caught my breath pondering in Acheronian lore
Echoes of funeral pyre caress cloud & mountain peaks
Thine gaze cast upon me — sinking deep to the core
Plumes of sweet obsidian encircle, waiting, dreaming
‘Enchanted,’ Said she, with silver gleam in her eye
Unto the great halls of Valhalla we shall make haste,
— Jeweled in eternity — ‘where the brave never die



— Arthur Crow © 2012
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DannyMechanist Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Another time Arthur Crow has most well and truly delivered :)
Thanks for making such good stuff
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Delicatestrength Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am never disappointed in reading you Arthur. It's always so beautiful and flowy. I'm so jealous of your skill. >_<
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ArthurCrow Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Professional Writer
Thank you endlessly :hug:
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Delicatestrength Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome dearest <3
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WithTheBrokenSmile Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Your prosody is rhymatic and captivating! such a pleasure to read :)
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ArthurCrow Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Professional Writer
Love and thanks.. glad you enjoyed reading me :)
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NotenSMSK Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is a nice work :) I like the concept that you have chosen and the language that was used. It was natural in accordance with the time era that was defined. Quite a wonderful work in my opinion! I wasn't sadly able to get the meaning line by line (happens all the time [oh I created a rhyme!]) but the overall story line did register and I did enjoy the meter and rhythm imensely! Keep it up :D
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ArthurCrow Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Professional Writer
Thanks for the time reading me, and the valuable feedback.
I can be very cryptic in my expressions, and perhaps a tad vague
in piecing together my lines. Just the nature of my style.
Thank you again for commenting, much appreciate it! :)
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NotenSMSK Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You are welcome and being unable to fully comprehend works is a bad trait of mine ^^; I hope my opinion was of some value :nod:
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ArthurCrow Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Professional Writer
Not a bad trait, some view points on poetry like obscurity,
and some poets don't make it easy to understand.
It's all good :)
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NotenSMSK Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Good to know that :)
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Jassy2012 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Your work is great
But it fits here in this group unfortunately not pure.
I have another group, as it would fit great

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I would be very happy to see your work there

hugs Jassy
Founder
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InTheStarryNightSky Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
A beautiful piece. I just love the rhythm.
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ArthurCrow Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Professional Writer
Thank you so much for taking a look :love:
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InTheStarryNightSky Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
You're welcome. :aww:
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Axlazu Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for putting this up on Deviantartpoets facebook page, wonderfully done.
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ArthurCrow Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Professional Writer
Welcome, thanks for accepting my contribution.
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Darth-Arthur Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Hail!
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ArthurCrow Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Professional Writer
:)
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sarah1938 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
Wow. You did so well. Your descriptions of things are just wow. You writing style reminds me of authors of the classics.
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ArthurCrow Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Professional Writer
Thanks Sarah, glad you enjoyed the read.
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sarah1938 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
Arthur you so have to write some more, you have a real talent for it.
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Aqua-Breeze Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very beautiful, Poe :) You need to teach me how you write so elegantly
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ArthurCrow Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Professional Writer
Hey you are too kind as always... but gratitude!
:hug: :love:
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Aqua-Breeze Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Please explain to me how that can be too kind when it was earned? (:
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parchmentgirl Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Student Writer
This piece has some wonderful references to Norse mythology, rather vague in places and a little generic perhaps, but it is still a very beautiful piece to read. As I have said before, it is a style of writing where the reader needs to take their time over the stanzas, it is easy for a reader to become lost if they breeze through too quickly. This you are already aware of though, and my saying it has no real merit apart from filling out blank space in the comment box. (I'm really very sorry I could not be more constructive, there is not much I can really say though, at least not in relation to improvements.)
The writing had obviously inspired some wonderful feedback, and has been incredibly well received. It is nice to see people really connecting with a piece so you should be very proud of that accomplishment.
Congratulations on another outstanding work of literature.
:iconlove-original-lit: Critique admin CJF
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ArthurCrow Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Professional Writer
Excellent response, and as always, appreciate your thoughts and insights. Thank you :)
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Solarune Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012   Writer
Ooh, there's some really lovely imagery in here. I particularly like "as a thousand years of love & war dressed the sky". Great depiction of mythology!
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ArthurCrow Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Professional Writer
Thanks, happy you enjoyed the journey.. I always love writing myth stories and poems :)
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SouixsieQue Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Professional Photographer
Amazing
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ArthurCrow Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Professional Writer
Thank you :)
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steverlfs Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
I see that we have been chowing down on Idun's ware! Great poem- it brings to mind the faith that once guided my Teutonic ancestors. You should do something with the Wild Hunt!
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ArthurCrow Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Professional Writer
Thank you for commenting.. and also for a future idea for writing! :)
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tamiiland Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Why isn't this a DD.
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ArthurCrow Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Professional Writer
Thanks for viewing.
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tamiiland Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome. (:
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shehrozeameen Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You've kept a very well balanced diction in this poem. Its metric, its empirical, its fantastic, and its very ambitious.

Certainly qualities that one would associate with the genre of Viking and Norse mythological lore. Wagner would be proud after reading this. Because I surely am :)

:clap: well done. Keep it up.
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ArthurCrow Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Professional Writer
Thank you for the fantastic response to this piece, happy you enjoyed it :)
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shehrozeameen Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Sure thing :)

Say... You'd do me a favor? You'd probably like reading it too.

"Ulmar Wenceslas Lockhart" ([link]). Do send me a response about what you like about it, and your favorite portions as well.
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ArthurCrow Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Professional Writer
Be happy to my friend, will take a look at it this evening when I get home.
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shehrozeameen Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Oka then :)

Hopefully you'll like it.
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AkashasDreamworld Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I really adore your style, it's dark and mysterious, yet at the same time utterly captivating and clear.
The fourth stanza is my favorite, I love the nearing sense of haste (:
Wonderful! :iconclapplz:

-Avy
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ArthurCrow Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Professional Writer
Thanks, your response is very encouraging.. Writing dark & mysteriously
is often what I aim for.

:heart:
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AkashasDreamworld Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome! I often try to write something in that direction but it seems I am doomed to fail (: In the end all of it seems happy and lady-dadi-da-ish so I really adore those who can do so!!
Plus, I've always been a fan of Norse mythology (:
So...:iconyourockplz:
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ArthurCrow Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Professional Writer
You're not doomed to fail, just destined to be challenged.
And long as you are passionate about something, you'll conquer all!

:)
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AkashasDreamworld Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You sure are encouraging!! Thank you so much :tighthug:
I guess I'll keep on trying then ;)
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BelaRoseWolf Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Student Writer
:worship: Words cannot describe how much I love this piece. Your style is incredible, I love your chosen theme way more than I should, and both your choice of word and flow are so beautiful and haunting~ Excellent work! :floating:
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ArthurCrow Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Professional Writer
Thank you so much.. always a pleasure for me to share my scribes :)
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BelaRoseWolf Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Student Writer
You're welcome! :) It's a pleasure to read them!
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DarthSithari Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
Ragnarok awaits us!
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