Second submission to the Nerthus Agon

The Heifer Praises Nerthus
(by Dr. E. Kelly)

I pulled Her holy wain from the shore to the furthest farmland.

My thick and white-hided neck was looped with flowers. My horns bore bells. The priest watched the luscious blink of my long lashes, and the swinging tassels of Her linen drape.

Quiet now are the sacred axles. The wagon no longer creaks on the long and peaceful road.

Now my face looks down on sacred earth. Sod and grass enough to fill my belly are here, slowly taken one bite at a time.

The last bubbles ripple from the lake surface, steely grey sky striped black with moss.

Servants dance slowly in the marsh, limbs aloft in the waters that had so recently washed Nerthus’ face.

Ask what the sight can be that only those doomed to die may witness.

Birth runs backward. Their bodies settle into the Mother’s black flesh.
This is too holy to watch.


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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

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