313. Gyda's Folly
The fair Gyda was the prettiest of all the maidens in the town.
Her blue eyes were as beautiful as a summer's cloudless sky,
And she turned every warrior's head with manners that were shy.
Two men came to her calling, both wanted the maiden as their wife,
But Gyda could not decide with which man she would spend her life.
Einar was the town's blacksmith, well respected, and very proud,
Ketil, a berserker, was a large strong man, who tended to be loud.
Einar and Ketil loved each other, were closer than most brothers,
They had the same father, but were born from different mothers.
The maiden Gyda flirted with them both, kept leading them along
Until both of these brothers each felt that to them she did belong.
Einar sensed that something was wrong, he never played the fool,
When he found Ketil with Gyda, he challenged his brother to a duel.
Ketil once respected his brother, but was now filled with a deep hate,
He drew his sword, and told Einar, there was no reason now to wait.
Gyda thought their anger just a bluff, felt it was nothing but a game,
She told them both, that to the winner, her love he could lay a claim.
The maiden saw herself dressed all in white, a lovely Viking bride,
But her happy dreams were shattered, when both the brothers died.
- Glenn Bergen, ( Ravensheart ), © Copyright, 2015.