13. Mighty Yggdrasil
Tiny buds upon its limb.
Tough bark grown in rugged layer,
Stretching forth in constant prayer.
A Mighty Ash with branches strong,
Standing stoic for so very long.
In whose branches, slightly curled,
Is held in place, our tiny world.
Great White Ash, pillar for all,
Always green, Your leaves never fall.
Strong roots You have to anchor your place,
You stand so proud, and with such grace.
Watered daily from a cloudy well,
One root sunk deep in Niflhel.
Nidhogg gnaws at Your firm footed base,
That horrible creature is such a disgrace.
As the holder, and protector, of all that is life,
What a shame You endure so very much strife.
I honor Your strength, Your sacrifice too,
I give You offerings as part of your due.
Yggdrasil, Great Ash of our universe,
I write for You this inadequate verse.
My words can never honor you suitably,
But I give my faith to You so completely.
- Glenn Bergen, ( Ravensheart ), © Copyright, 2011.