4th Submission to the Ares Agon

For Ares
by Amanda Forrester

Ares, the blood-stained Battle-Lord, throws Himself laughing into the fray,
Wherever the fighting is thickest
There the son of Zeus and Hera will be.
Great Ares, once I would have prayed for You to put down Your sword
And join laughter-loving Aphrodite on the couch of love.
Today I have a different prayer, O Lord of soldiers.
I am older now, and less idealistic than I was in my youth
I see the rot at the core of society now
And I pray for the strength to fight it.

You are the inciter of revolution
And the defender of the old order, all at once.
I pray for discernment, that I may see what is worth preserving,
And what needs destroying.
That I can tell when to speak
And when to hold my tongue.

Ares, Lord of Hosts,
With my Lady Athena
You drive back the enemies of the Gods
Protecting Olympos from Titans, giants, and all of Gaia’s monsters.

Give me strength to protect me and mine,
The bravery to stand for what is right,
The aim to strike true,
And the wisdom to know what is worth fighting for.


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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 13, 2017, in Uncategorized and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Reblogged this on Temple of Athena the Savior and commented:
    Galina over at Gangleri’s Grove is also running an agon, this one for Ares. Every one who submits gets a prayer card. There is literally no downside to submitting! And Ares is a God Who gets so little attention, please consider trying your hand at something for Him. I’m linking to my poetry submission. Enjoy.

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