Black of night, receding star light
Scarlet life joining frosted earth
A Valkyrie’s cry, a kiss fading in winter’s tide
Her touch, death’s caress?
Or life’s yearnful embrace?

She departed in a flurry of wings, took flight.

Enunciated by thunder but no light,
A visage instead of a raven; godhead
On Yggdrasil perched, talon clenched vial of red

With falling grace, phail met hand
In haste took a deep draught
Birthed anew from wounds of war,
Death abated where the spear bore.

Berserker’s rage joined poetic vision,
Now transposed admist clamor of battle,
Dual swords a fire in dead of fight.

Songs of the Valkyrie, sonorous
Forged of flesh and steel never more glorious.


Amanda Graham

Amanda Graham

Editor at NY Literary Magazine
Amanda holds an M.A. in History. She loves well-written poetry and romance novels. Amanda has 2 cats and a 3-year-old son.
Amanda Graham