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Hel's Road

I walk the road to Hel.

She walks with me:

flowers seed, bloom, and rot

at her feet.

I walk alone.

I walk with the dead.

I walk with the gods.

I walk with her.

I walk alone.

There is ice on the path,

and fire also.

I walk the road to Hel.

At times, there is silent snow

and my footprints crack ice.

Other times, there is raging wind

and my prayers are swept away.

Some days, there is even sunshine

and the dead see me smile.

I walk the road to Hel;

She walks with me.

Wildflowers grace the roadside.

I count her names

and keep going.



Cardinal is a 30-year-old heathen and polytheist with ten years of practice. They live in Canada where they worship Loki, Hel, Loki's family, and Odin. When not writing devotional poetry, they like to write haiku. They also play a lot of board games. You can find them on Tumblr at: silenceshome.


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