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Wardruna/ Skugge >Shadow

RiAN
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Poetry Contest

what did your shadow teach you

As a huge lifetime fand of Wardruna I have decided to make a series based on some of their clips and songs. Wardruna has made music for almost 10 years.
Einar, kvitravn ....white raven.....is the frontman and he lives on the same island as I do, so do most others or I think the current ones are mainly from the west coast of Norway. Einar also gives lectures on old norse and scaldic poetry.

wardruna are not JUSt a band, they are very much believers of the old norse faith and traditions. They have made a series based on the runes and during their shows they have also worked with runic and ritual ceremony. Working with runes is not just working with the symbols , it is a lot about calling the runes and there are different ways to do so,

Their concerts are not just a performance as they really believe in what they do They use drums from deer hides and horns from birch bark, bronze, and goats. They are also known for creating sounds from rocks, water, ice, fire, and bones. They record in relevant places and use relevant sounds. For example, the song Bjarkan (‘birch’) uses sticks and a birch log as lead percussion. All of this creates authenticity and depth not found in other genres. They aim to connect to something larger in the past: the pre-Christian traditions or nature religions.

They have largely succeeded in doing this, or at least they are on their way. In doing so, they have, for better or worse, become wrapped up in the present cultural infatuation with Vikings. They will appear on Youtube if one searches ‘viking music.’ To a large extent they have embraced or resigned themselves to these trends: Wardruna’s main composer Einar Selvik has made music for the TV show Vikings and for Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla.

The clip has the text in both Norse and English
if you want to join and wish to have the text, ask me and I can pm you the
English lyrics

https://youtu.be/CDMIbVFCz7A

The song Skugge is about the Shadow or the Void
It is a song about the shadow within
an echo , ripple, reflection within a reflection
like a leaking tap echoes the same drop

For this competition I invite you to write about the Shadow
I do not mean the place of emotional distress or discomfort
I mean the place of origin, the answer to the mystery
YOUR mystery connected to any of your soul wishes

Listen to the song and important are the two sentences

Elden twinger deg og meg, the fire forces you from within
and
Svarer eig du sjølv
Answers you find within
these are needed in your frame of writing because these two sentences are key sentences in the whole song

Write your own version
be it
a poem
text
short story
prose
song
etc

minimum of 100 words
maximum you name it
all styles
ONE poem per poet only
no extremities
be creative and
respectful \
towards the given
topic

any questions, just ask in pm


have fun


Rian

Razzerleaf
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Natural transference

There is a moment as all things meet,  
an incomplete memory, instinct,  
a loss that becomes found  
before it can be forgotten again.  

A shadow behind each shadow  
with knowledge of being together  
an infinite iteration of the familiar.
We can slip between these definitions,
draw energy across the connections.  

I saw my reflection enter your eyes,  
my body shifted between separations
a gentle tremor beneath each touch.  
My lips fit the socket of your neck,  
the stubble on my cheek reaches out
to find the pores of your skin.  
 
All drawing on each others moments,  
even the blue-flower patches on your jeans  
had a memory that traveled inside the weave.  
 
There is a moment as all things meet,  
instinct, when all things complete  
a loss that becomes found, bound  
before the void closes again.
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RiAN
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Razzerleaf, thank you much for your entry

slipalong
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Heal the missing gloss,

As they were held within the pack
and through the mist,
 silhouette's, still freeze
and onward trot.
Bodhram drum, stretched skin
form the backdrop,
knit the patterns.
Gods may turn and look
for the pole that beats,
like the metronomes tick.
Burn the wick, short in the lantern
raise the heartbeat, pulse the veins.
Antecedence, walk with us in greying form.
Upon the runes with polished gleam
hidden everyday, that nature writes,
winds laid deep, our stalker match our stride.
Terms. the acapalla's earthy base,
tossed in the air the grain of all terrain.
 So luck and chance
be cult dressed black,
the foresight of the foot that taps.
Stir the termites
that skittle in our soul,
breed harmony with each vocal.
Painted empathy
forged with cleft's of care.
 Braille for the seeing ear,
reflect and most of all repair
 
Written by slipalong
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RiAN
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Slipalong, thank you much for your entry,

Ahavati
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Forged

The fire forces you
from within;
Answers you find
within


From fire are we forged
a phoenix of shadow-self
shape-shifting between
the sharp aperture
of a hawk's eye

We stalk shadows
stealthily
preying upon movement
beyond
our innate (in)sight

We reach
for its contour—
that outer lining
eschewing the cusp
of light

We yearn for comfort
the way of rock—
letting go
granual
by granual;
the language of the pond—
a frog's vowels
sequential hermaphrodites;
heiroglyph of wolf
air-tracking scent

Something audible—
obvious to our senses

But. . .blood stirs
in silence, becomes
a desert mirage
a frog's secret
a wolf's honor

distant, beyond
the veil of flesh

Intuition rouses
the spirit of darkness
from the many-pointed star
of solar plexus

Answers are consecrated
within the forged fire
of our breath—
this organic shell
where shadow resides
in our darkness
void of light

The fire forces you
from within;
Answers you find
within


not without
~
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RiAN
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RAZZER CONGRATS on the trophy, there was something quite similar to the essence of the wardruna song within your words, especially the first two stanzas but the whole flow of the poem added to the meaning of the song. Well wrote!
SLIPALONG, that was a fantastic poem and created atmosphere
Stir the termites
that skittle in our soul,
breed harmony with each vocal.
Painted empathy
Great words and work!!!
AHAVATI the melting of fire force and wisdom is directed into a masterly written poem, you channeled the surroundings of  west Norway amazingly well. The poem invites to be reread, honored to receive your entry.

thanks to you all
bright blessings
R

slipalong
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congrats to Razzar and Ahavati for taking on what I considered a stiff challenge, speaking for myself doing research into another culture and belief, perhaps a step to far

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