A Warrior's Prayer

Oh spirits of the old gods awaken and hear my plea.
Grant me strength of mine arm and courage in the face of death as battle draws nigh.

Let mine enemies know the fear of my coming and no quarter from my wrath.

Oh Wodan, grant me knowledge and blood lust that I may smite down all who oppose me.

Let no troll steal the fruit of my seed and let no behemoth ravage and plunder my hoard or my kin.

Let all that I’ve sown with the sweat of my brow flourish and grow and bear fruit and seed to nourish mine own that I love.

Keep me strong and warm in the face of the hoar and keep the stinging sleet and north wind at my back.

And in the fire of war make me as iron to temper. Let me know no fear and should death find me let it be with sword in hand and a curse on my lips.

Let me fight and take grog in Valhalla for all eternity, oh great gods of my fathers. This I do beseech thee.

Oh…and could you please get me that really cool sparkle blue bike with the banana seat and the handlebar tassles ?

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  • WanderingAuthor
    WanderingAuthoralmost 6 years ago

    LOL! Amusing twist, indeed.

  • George Yesthal
    George Yesthalalmost 6 years ago


  • Bob Fox
    Bob Foxalmost 6 years ago

    What a flip! Most of the TTs take you off in some direction and twist into blood and terror. You took us the other way! I like the twist. I also like the vivid images you draw on as well.

  • Yeah, I started this piece to draw a picture of the ancient warrior’s psyche when lo and behold the comedic demon bit me. Thanks for your comment, Bob.

    – George Yesthal

  • Thanx, Bob. I always enjoy reading your comments.

    – George Yesthal

  • becteri
    becterialmost 6 years ago

    Love this! I was not expecting that ending! Great job!

  • Thanx. I have been writing an heroic fantasy for some time now (posted here as an excerpt) that just seems to keep growing. This started to be a battle prayer in that vein but I just couldn’t help adding this ending. Thanx for reading.

    – George Yesthal

  • Thaky you so much. I’ve been reading a lot of your stuff lately. Looks like that writer’s block is no longer an issue.
    Thanx again.

    – George Yesthal

  • Calgacus
    Calgacusalmost 6 years ago

    HAHAHA mate, now that ending was a scream, and besides that – what an utterly superb viking saga in the first-place-not an easy genre to pull off, was really into that before the killer line, i like your sense of humour

  • Thank you so much, Scott, for your kind comment, Been reading your stuff as well and the feeling is mutual. Thanx again.

    – George Yesthal

  • I meant to say Mathew. Don’t get old. That’s my advice.

    – George Yesthal

  • Miri
    Mirialmost 6 years ago

    i always wanted tassles!! great job, very funny!

  • Thanx so much, Miri.

    – George Yesthal

  • Rikki Woods
    Rikki Woodsover 3 years ago

    Awesome! I think you’d be adorable riding a bike with tassels. We can put your hair in pig tails too.

  • George Yesthal
    George Yesthalover 3 years ago

    LOL. Ya know how people always say LOL to express an emotion? I’m actually Laughing Out Loud. Love ya, kiddo.

  • Patricia Anne McCarty-Tamayo
    Patricia Anne ...about 3 years ago

  • Gregory John O'Flaherty
    Gregory John O...about 3 years ago

    Everyone need their bike in Valhalla !! Nice one George

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