Would You Know More?

I see you come before me,
trembling in fear and awe.
Do you seek to know me?
To know me is Death.
Would you know more, or what?

I am the daughter of night,
the child of the dreaming.
My mother is darkness,
my father is abundance:
would you know more, or what?

I am sister to the sea,
the ships that sail the fishes’ bath
and the trading of goods in safe harbor;
my brother keeps the tides:
would you know more, or what?

I am kin to Courage,
sisters we two, in the heat of battle.
Men call on us to aid them in distress
by the sign of the tusked boar:
would you know more, or what?

I am mother of Battle-queen and Good-life,
Beauty-beloved and Fullness;
when the lightning of swift ecstasy struck me,
then was thunder born:
would you know more, or what?

I was fostered to the Hag,
Spinner of flax and spell,
hedgewitch in the dark woods;
there I learned magic:
would you know more, or what?

I am the sacrificer
of men and of gods
blood given, blood taken, blood
all at my own hands:
would you know more, or what?

I am the queen of the lake,
the island where no man may live
unless he first die to me.
I rule supreme over the marshes:
would you know more, or what?

I have no kin, no kindred:
they were snatched from me
by the grasping fingers of the blind one;
I live alone in my halls:
would you know more, or what?

I am the rider in the night,
the squeaking of the wagon wheels
that call all to joy or sorrow
with the times of the year:
would you know more, or what?

I am cousin to the Winter,
the storm-hags of the mountain,
who keep Spring captive
until the coming of the Golden Swan-lord:
would you know more, or what?

Cousin too am I
to the Great Wheel
that spins about the ages of the world
in her silver palaces:
would you know more, or what?

I am called by many names:
Earth, and Mother, and Sacred Queen,
Valor, and Happiness, and Holiness,
All these I am, and yet not all:
would you know more, or what?

I am Life.
I am Death.
I am Holy.
I am Forbidden.
Would you know more,
or what?

(c) 2009 Nicanthiel Hrafnhild

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