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Kith Song


Wyndreth Berginsdottir            


Following the spiral
inward at the center
of the labyrinth I
remembered I
remembered who I am
found my voice
picked up my spear and
I walked home

I remembered you
I remember all of you
and your names come
thick like a storm and I
am weeping rain I
have known you brothers and
I have missed you sisters and
you are blood of my blood and
you are heart of my heart and
my bones knew each shape of you
loved each shape of you
before ever my eyes fell
upon your faces

You at the center
you are the center
of me and the labyrinth
I have become and
the path shines bright
like your hair your eyes
your honor and wordfame and
I see the way gleaming
like Bifrost and weep that the doors
are not closed against me in the
halls of my heart-kin as Glam
had whispered wicked in the night:
how I am kinless kithless
my back bare against the ice
and every day-passage
taking me farther into the cold
alone and there is no blade
to ease this passing
just one long slow song
of descent of sorrow and stone
sung beneath black unbroken
skies against which no pyre of mine
would ever burn to mark my journey.

Brothers beloved you
are the sun fearsome and
fairest before whom all life
bows dressed in burnished fire
that blinds the eye with bold
beauty and singing flame.

Sisters you are the moon
silver and stern casting seiğr
light on what is hidden
turning secrets feral and free and
all who breathe know how the night
belongs to you undisputed.

Together we are the earth and
the wind and the cedar and
the deep-water songs and
the track of the raven across the
clouds and the meanings of bones
grown yellow with age and
wise and smooth. Our footprints
write the songs between
all that begins and ends and
none of us are alone.

Following the spiral
outward from the center
of the labyrinth I
remembered I
remembered who I am
found my voice
picked up my spear and
I walked home.

©9/3/2014 Karen L. U. Kahan



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