runepoem | 03 dec 2021

©2021 Michael Raven

tracing my fingers
over your curves in
candlelight & afterglow
giving myself to you
as you give yourself to me
luxuriating
between sighs &
softly whispered oaths

Note: For the purposes of these runepoems, I randomly select three runes and consider the meanings of each rune as I interpret and understand them based on a number of different resources, which may or may not be in alignment with accepted interpretations. I am a rune enthusiast, not an expert or scholar. These “runecasts” are not intended to be treated as divinatory, although there are elements of personal alchemy and shamanic practice in the crafting of each poem.

[Reblog] Beneath the Voiceless Trees — Strider’s Table

Nice epic-fantasy-style poem that evokes Tolkienesque imagery by Strider’s Table. Plus, he has awesome-looking recipes that one day I should try. Eventually. When I don’t have fussy eaters at home like I do now.

[image description: Forest in Kuopio, Finland. Okko Pyykkö, CC BY 2.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0, via Wikimedia Commons. ] When elves awoke in days of eldThe world was wrapped in twilightAnd first of all their eyes beheldThe beauty of the starlight For they had risen long beforeBoth moon and sun, and walked aloneAnd heard upon the shimmering shoreThe […]

Beneath the Voiceless Trees — Strider’s Table

runepoem | 02 dec 2021

©2021 Michael Raven

For today’s rune-inspired poem, I was asked in the comments from yesterday’s poem by Harshi to include a rune of their choosing in my random selection of runes meant to inspire today’s poem. They randomly chose tiwaz (ᛏ) as their rune and I drew from lots the other two.

ørlǫg is sometimes
too set to break &
wyrd already writ as a result
cycles upon cycles
lead to unions & bonds
some trials
lead to wyrd's eventual
rewards

Note: For the purposes of these runepoems, I randomly select three runes and consider the meanings of each rune as I interpret and understand them based on a number of different resources, which may or may not be in alignment with accepted interpretations. I am a rune enthusiast, not an expert or scholar. These “runecasts” are not intended to be treated as divinatory, although there are elements of personal alchemy and shamanic practice in the crafting of each poem.

don’t bother with duluth/

©2021 Michael Raven

i dreamt i saw you
on a jet heading west
your hair in braids and
runes written on your chest
dark eyes wild as
you kissed me there
in the seat
everyone looking elsewhere
lips like honey mead
on a cold winter night

don't bother with
duluth, i said
as the plane taxis away
you laughed with
head thrown back and
intoxicated me with
another kiss

Still Shameless: Walking Away 2021 (Draft rework)

©2021 Michael Raven

EDIT: I just realized that I was so tired that I forgot to do the proper chorus from the original version. Silly Rabbit… The song will definitely change now that I realize this error. Leaving the post up anyway just to show how stupid I can get at times.

Here is a rework of a song originally written around 1985, last recorded live in 1987. This is a work in progress and is incomplete. There are no vocals. Current arrangement is mine and does not entirely respect the 1987 recording. This song was actually (I am pretty certain) my first complete song written entirely by me while I was trying to first teach myself how to play bass guitar. There were other lyrical efforts and other “arrangements” before I knew how to play anything and thought I might be a singer.

I had nothing going on tonight and it’s been on my mind to play around with some of the old Shadowspawn songs (and not just those, but a few other older songs as well) for quite some time now to see what I might do with them. I couldn’t tell you for certain what the guitarist did — he did a lot of noodling on most of our songs, so it’s hard to say what he was thinking. So the guitars only passingly resemble what was in that 1987 recording. What you hear in this draft reworking may not be the final version, as I am just playing around still. Here is what you hear and where it might go… All instruments are sequenced by me.

Song section info:

  • 0:00-0:26 m intro | chorus intro w/o vox
  • 0:26-0:44 m verse
  • 0:44-1:01 m chorus
  • 1:01-1:19 m verse 2
  • 1:19-1:36 m chorus 2

Planned:

  • bridge
  • Verse 3
  • Chorus 3
  • Outro