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Dreaming of Valhalla


Under the bright eye of the Sun,

Old warriors die, dreaming of Valhalla

~Jörð’s  relentless army approaches~

Dreams are bleached & rusting.

The green limbs rise in triumph

Over that rocky bed  of woe.

No tears stain the battered armor this white-bone day.

Smoke may be seen, shadows of broken pledges in the wind;

Not even the raven comes here to pick bones clean.

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Note: I imitated the metaphorical & declarative style of speech found in Anglo-Saxon poetry, while  building a visual metaphor of abandoned & broken household machines and various vehicles. Here is the link for more on the Germanic Gods. 


7 responses

  1. They will live on forever in the art you have created. They really quite something.

    September 20, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    • elmediat

      Much thanks. As our vehicles and household appliances acquire computer modules and achieve a primitive form of intelligence, though not yet sentience, we can can see a flickering image of a future – a robot graveyard.
      ****** The word robota means literally “serf labor”, and figuratively “drudgery” or “hard work” in Czech and also (more general) “work”, “labor” in many Slavic languages .

      September 20, 2013 at 1:19 pm

  2. Very clever, Joseph! And lyrical too. Do you have the app? I know nothing of Nordic mythology. My favorite: “white-bone day”…

    September 22, 2013 at 1:15 am

    • elmediat

      Thanks George. No apps, just a few plug-ins for my photo imaging software. The “white-bone day” is a kenning. A classic kenning from Anglo-Saxon poetry is “the whale-road” as a descriptive name for the sea.

      September 22, 2013 at 10:33 am

  3. 🙂 I used to work in a repertory cinema called the Valhalla. In the days before video was prevalent. Double features, foreign films, cult films etc. It was a lot of fun. 🙂

    September 22, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    • elmediat

      I wonder if that is the Valhalla where old video machines & movie projectors go when the battle is done. 🙂

      September 22, 2013 at 4:20 pm

      • Old movies when there was nowhere else to see them. 🙂

        September 23, 2013 at 5:24 pm

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