Carving Names on Yggdrasil

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Literary Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

"An ash I know there stands, Yggdrasil is its name, a tall tree, showered with shining loam. From there come the dews that drop in the valleys. It stands forever green over Urðr's well." (from "Völuspá," Poetic Edda)

Dedicated to Stormbird Throneshaker, to whom I owe this found poem.

We are such very tiny things
crawling over the ash-grey sides
of Yggdrasil;

and yet
if we decide a thing is possible, and
are able to make it happen,
then we can do the impossible:
we can mark the skin of Yggdrasil.

It's when we have done nothing
that we can be assured that
things have happened
as they are meant to,
as they were going to,
as they already were happening
without our intervention.

It is only when we intervene and change things,
so that they happen in a different way,
that we can be assured that we made it possible;
only then have we carved our names
into the deep-ridged side
of Yggdrasil.

Submitted: March 02, 2013

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Stormbird Throneshaker

I like it, very much so! You have done rather well!!!
It most definetly gets a stamp of approval vote/like from me.

Sat, March 2nd, 2013 11:47am


Thanks :)

Sat, March 2nd, 2013 10:13am


nice poeme. The first stanza is awesome :)
The third one confused me a little though.
Overall great job !

Sat, March 2nd, 2013 3:32pm


I'll read it again and see if I can make it any clearer :)

Sat, March 2nd, 2013 10:13am

thumblina Aka vandana

An excellent poem dedicated to an esteem poem...lovely dedication....I loved it....job well done..

Fri, April 12th, 2013 2:17am


Thanks :)

Thu, April 11th, 2013 7:17pm


beautifully written poem. good work.

Thu, May 9th, 2013 7:08am


Thanks! :D

Thu, May 9th, 2013 1:55pm


Again your writing is very smooth, put together and greatly wrote with a powerful voice. I like this one also

Thu, June 20th, 2013 12:21pm


Yay! :D thanks for commenting!

Thu, June 20th, 2013 11:39am


Very interesting poem. I liked it, especially since the topic was Yggdrasil.

Sun, June 23rd, 2013 11:14am


Thx :D

Sun, June 23rd, 2013 6:54pm

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