GMC poetry: Odin (repost)

this was actually first post four years ago, before I took over the God of the Month Club.

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To Lord Odin, tempestuous God of the Norsemen, I sing this song

Master of the Spear, Father of Victory

The Undefeated in Battle, Who strikes terror into the heart of His enemies

Awe fills my breast at the thought of You,

Coupled with more than a little fear

But a strange attraction fills me too,

An urge to share in the mystery that surrounds You

A irrepressible curiosity, a desire to know

What it is that You know

For You are not merely the Lord of Battle

But You abound with wisdom overflowing

An insatiable hunger drives You

A hunger for Knowledge drives the one called Greybeard

A hunger which drove Him

To hang Himself from the World Tree

For nine days

And nine nights

The Allfather endured unspeakable agony

To learn the secret of the Runes.

When He became Master of the Rune-Stones,

He became Master of the Ordeal as well.

For pain can be a help to the Warrior

A catalyst for transformation

Of the strongest kind.

And transformation is His realm, too

The changeable Father of the Gods

Is full of guile and tricks.

The Seeker, the Warrior, the Wanderer, the Lover.

Ah, Odin, God of Being,

It would take a lifetime to know You.

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