I sit in class and listen to my professor
a kind, erudite, and educated man
call my gods ‘stupid’.

To the south a man lays down his life
when Christians demand he desecrate his shrines.

I sit in classes and argue with seminarians
who tell me polytheists never had theology

And in Syria a girl is raped and stoned
Because her brother discovered she was pious
but not to Allah.

How much theology does one need?

I listen to you shame our philosophers
by damning them to atheism,
by denying the piety embedded in their every word.

And your cousins in the desert
Destroy polytheistic tribes,
Selling their women to slavery.

I pick up the pieces in those of your flock
Who have found no solace beneath your shepherd’s rod.
I dry their tears, salve their wounds and lead them back,
to a better way, the way their ancestors knew
before you came. I clean up the infection.

It is enough to make me wish to burn down your world.
It is enough to make me yearn for the edifices of your certainty
To be savaged to dust.


Your faith is a butchery.
Your religion is a lie.
(If you could count, you’d know this).

MY people invented theology.
Our sacred tales and the weavings of poets
Inspired by Gods and muses alike
Laid the foundations for the world
That you later stole.

We saw no need to tear down your shrines.
We saw no need to anathematize your God.
But we should have.
Rome should have been more diligent
And then maybe we would have been spared
The plague that you and your children have become.

The Pagans in Lyon knew the truth.
So did the Saxons generations later.
We see you clearly for what you are.
One day, we will see you turn to ash
And we’ll salt the earth in your passing.




(by G. Krasskova)

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 September 19, 2017, in Poetry, Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. *Digital Battle Howl*


  2. Restore our families, Ye Gods of Love,
    And You of War, our breasts to vengeance move!
    Redeem our shame, oh raise our hearts and hands
    To worship Ye aright, and gain our lands!
    Condemn’d are they who left our ancient path;
    May their invented guiles inspire Your Wrath!

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  3. A very powerful poem, Galina. I still wonder what would have happened in the Emperor Julian had not been murdered in battle, lived long enough to establish Paganism in the Roman Empire, and then choose a worthy Pagan successor. History may have been very different, I think.


  4. That we’re still here and have come back is its own victory, though we all hope for more…and in the meantime, they can say what they like against us, but should be called to the carpet for doing so and our dignity and right to exist should be held up as equally valid, if what our institutions–from colleges to government, etc.–is true, and we should hold them to it. To say that the world changed in the past is one thing; to go to the excess of saying our Deities are “stupid” in doing so is an error that, were it anything else (e.g. race, sexuality, or any other religion), would be considered harassment or harmful bias…and we should do what we can to let them know that we won’t let them get away with such bullshit.


    • Sorry–inadvertently left out a key phrase in the above…it should have read “if what our institutions–from colleges to government, etc.–say and proclaim in their statements of diversity, social justice, inclusion, and equity/equal access to all is true.”


  5. Well said, Galina. Thank you.


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