Torden og Lyn (Thunder and Lightning)

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Fantasy  |  House: Booksie Classic

Gods of thunder and lightning do battle

Torden og Lyn

(Thunder and Lightning)

Fiery husband of Sif 
god and father of the valkyrie Þrúðr
rumbles tempestuously 
through his celestial domain
his magnificent trundling chariot 
ferried by the eighth beasts 
the infinite feasts

Hemmed in by the duplicator of might
he wields the mighty Mjölnir 
destroyer of mountains
in defiance of the aftermath 
of the gadfly's bite
hoisted only by virtue of Járngreipr's iron grip 

Almighty husband of Hera 
sixth son of Cronus and Rhea
born by the grace of a mother's deception
a swaddled and ignorantly swallowed rock 
allowed the delivery of a god
preordained for his father's retribution

Emancipator of devoured kin 
savior of one-eyed uncles
rewarded with an endless stockpile
of electrified bolts of destruction 
wielded against giants
and the serpent Jörmungandr
in the times of Ragnarök
and hurled onto the world below
to punish Man's sins
a remembrance of his supreme authority

Kindred spirits united by storms of destiny
the gods' love-hate relationship
ancient as the cosmos
rowdy brawling in the damp ashen dust of eternity
Mjölnir pounds relentlessly
intermittently illuminated 
by blinding streaks of white light 

tears of exuberant adversarial laughter shed 
beads of arduous rough-housing sweat sloughed
and droplets of the blood 
of visceral engagement spilled
as the timeworn competition intensifies
deific fluid fall-out rains down 
onto the mortal microcosm below
causing the insignificant inhabitants to run for cover
thunderous turbulence 
induces shivers of primordial fear

the recurring empyrean contest 
inevitably concludes in stalemate
in the spirit of fair play 
neither willing to slaughter the other
exhausted and exhilarated
they part company
to the delight of the inconsequential 
expendable beings below

June 10, 2020


Submitted: June 10, 2020

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