288. Sailing Into The Unknown
As the Viking ship slowly sailed out of the long fjord.
When they reached the ocean they headed due west,
To find a new fertile land was the Vikings ultimate quest.
When the strong northern winds suddenly began to fail,
They quickly decided it was time to take down their sail.
The calmness of the sea was something they could not ignore,
So the mariners got themselves ready and picked up an oar.
Three days out at sea there was a red sky in the morning,
To the experienced mariners this was a serious warning.
They understood that this was the Gods way to hearken,
The storm that was coming, as the skies began to darken.
The winds tossed their tiny ship with such a fierce force,
That they were blown many miles off of their course.
When the mighty storm finally began to blow itself out,
The exact location of their ship soon came into doubt.
At night they navigated by using the bright Northern Star,
They knew they were off course, but did not know how far.
The Vikings sailed on for days, gave offerings to Aegir and Thor,
When the winds calmed yet again, they rowed till they were sore.
Then on a cold morning, of the second day, of the third week,
When many feared that the outcome had become rather bleak.
A mighty warrior named Egil yelled out that he had spotted land,
They sailed for the beach, and left their battered ship on its sand.
The settlers traveled inland over a mountain and around a mud pit ,
They journeyed out during the day and on nights that were moonlit.
Finally they reached a bay that was sheltered from the rough sea,
And decided it was here they would build their homes and be free !
- Glenn Bergen, ( Ravensheart ), © Copyright, 2014.