Hymn to Sleipnir
Dark dancer, whose hooves remember the black door,
Whose eyes have followed the warrior home
And seen the children of the sea,
Carry the storm-burdened question to
Those beyond-fields where shadowed grain falls
From the hand of the sick farmer
And the land weeps for fire.
Dark one, who travels on the wind's road
And finds the splendour of the sun,
Come twice to the gate of mists and
Enquire of the seething rocks
Which footsteps glitter among the bones,
And leave their shining monument
To a tower of skulls.
Tireless runner, beat gently the black door
That keeps you from the vanished grove.
The wind is a sword of ice that kills the moon.
Beat gently your rhythm to the watching night
Where the horn is silent and the tree is bare.
The darkness is no stranger than the hand
That guides your restless rider to the flaming rune.
Copyright Vanessa Read 2007
Yuor poem gave me shivers even if I don't understand everything after first reading.
It's rather dark and cryptic because, for me, so is Sleipnir. In the mythology he takes Odin through the worlds, so Sleipnir is a shamanic horse too. In this poem Sleipnir is coming as a kind of avenging spirit that has enough power to cure "the sick farmer". Of course, the secret in the poem is what is meant by the sick farmer and the barren lands. What is the black door Sleipnir is hammering on with his hooves, etc. In the poem the need of the people has summoned this great spiritual stallion. He has followed the flaming rune to come to their aid.
I love this. I love the wording, the imagery it inspires. Very wonderful work.