Three for Odin

Some nights I just can’t sleep and tonight was one of them. So since i’m reading a book of sonnets by Edna St. Vincent Millay, I decided to look up the sonnet form. I don’t think i’ve ever written one. While checking that out, I came across a modern invention first seen in the mid 1980s: word sonnets. These are small sonnets where instead of 14 lines in a particular rhyme scheme, there are 14 words, each word a single line (–a traditional sonnet typically has 14 lines.). I decided to try my hand at it and it’s more difficult than I thought but I managed three.

I.  

Gnawing
fire
I
cast
myself
aloft,
and
fell
a
laughing
cinder
into
my
gods.

 

II.

gore
eyed
god
spat
down
from
the
Tree,
croaking
worlds–
I
came
into
being.

 

III.

laughing
burning
it
is
all
the
same.
bloody
knowledge
is
the
fruit
of
pain.

About ganglerisgrove

Galina Krasskova has been a Heathen priest since 1995. She holds a Masters in Religious Studies (2009), a Masters in Medieval Studies (2019), has done extensive graduate work in Classics including teaching Latin, Roman History, and Greek and Roman Literature for the better part of a decade, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Theology. She is the managing editor of Walking the Worlds journal and has written over thirty books on Heathenry and Polytheism including "A Modern Guide to Heathenry" and "He is Frenzy: Collected Writings about Odin." In addition to her religious work, she is an accomplished artist who has shown all over the world and she currently runs a prayer card project available at wyrdcuriosities.etsy.com.

Posted on March 18, 2016, in Odin, Poetry, Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. These are fabulous!

    It would be an interesting challenge to then write a sonnet with these words as the beginning words of the fourteen lines…! 😉

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    • ganglerisgrove

      lol it wouldn’t fit the rhyme scheme of a proper sonnet. i’d have to fiddle with it.

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      • But isn’t the sonnet rhyme scheme based on end-rhymes? If these were the words that started the lines, rather than being the rhyming words, that could work…right? (It’s been a while since I’ve done a sonnet…)

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  2. ganglerisgrove

    a normal sonnet has a couple of different end rhymes to it. I see what you mean though..i could make that work. I’m not ready to attack a proper sonnet yet. lol. I’m having too much fun with word sonnets

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