ancient in me is a Viking nature


viking nicholas roerich 1918

ancient in me is a Viking nature
its chords are in the sinews of my hand
a brief tendency to claw I tender touch
a raw inheritance…a boon to thought

for days when breeze is from the north
I am drawn to roughness and to vagrancy
I know the urgency of sail with sea wind
bass keel push…moaning of the hull

then it is I exit through low windows
choose rain pooled muddy trails
gnaw on wintergreen and sorrel
climb mulberry…cram fulsome to
my mouth its sour sweet stain

 

Bonnie Marshall

Artwork by Nicholas Roerich

6 thoughts on “ancient in me is a Viking nature

  1. after i re-read the poem i realized why i prefer walking in a cold, wind-driven rain rather than sitting in a too-warm house. and actually, i didn’t just read the poem, i experienced it, thanks to your skillful writing.

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