335. A Decision Too Hard
From the time Hans could speak the boy was smothered in faith,
By the time he reached five years he saw religion as quite sinister,
And he turned away from the Gods when his birthday hit its eighth.
His mother told him to give his heart to Jesus, to enter heaven's gate,
The father expounded the virtues of dying with honor to enter Odin's hall,
Everyday he was forced to listen as his parents would constantly debate,
And yet over his many growing years Hans heard none of their Gods call.
He did not want to decide between the White Christ, and the Red Thor,
Now a young man, Hans simply wanted to go out and live a normal life,
The daily struggle he had to suffer ripped him apart down to his core,
Till the day came when he no longer could deal with all the religious strife.
Faith began to crawl under his skin like a thousand nervous bugs,
And his fragile mind sought safe refuge in a conjured up domain,
Hans first turned to alcohol, which quickly led him to addictive drugs,
Until one dark day he succumbed to the heartache and the pain.
He died clutching a hammer in one hand, the other held a cross,
To the end he could not figure out which of his parents to him had lied,
The Pagan Godi and the Christian Minister were haunted by the loss,
They regretted that they had ever forced their dear son to decide.
- Glenn Bergen, ( Ravensheart ), © Copyright, 2015.