God of Wednesday

A picture-stone from Gotland believed to depict Odin (top right) receiving sacrifices (photo by Elena on Flickr/CC BY-NC-ND)

sacrifice yourself to your self
that ruthless cabal

and of course you’ll call it
wisdom won’t you

with birds of slaughter
muttering into your ears

father of frenzy and panic
poetry and the unspeakable

i saw your red eye
glimmering through the night

and a sudden fear
floated up like ice

what’s changed since the death
of your death cult

wolves and bears have dwindled
into plush toys

doom is called
by new names

your day has worn down
to a barren hump


Note: I stole the title from author Nancy Marie Brown’s excellent blog about Iceland and Old Norse-related things.

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