The Scar’s Tale

Dróttkvætt. The rules I’m trying to follow in my first attempt –

Verses: 8 lines to a verse
Half-Verse: Four lines to a half-verse
Lines: Six syllables, final two following stress Sw
–Odd lines: Internal alliteration and rhyme
–Even lines: First word alliterates with odd line preceding. Internal rhyme.

Now, the ‘internal rhyme’ I refer to here is assonance rather than rhyme in the traditional sense most people who speak English as their first language will think of. For those unfamiliar with the term… Well I’d try to explain it, but I’d fumble the job so let me just point you to good, old Wikipedia for that task. 🙂

My last note about what I’m holding myself to is that these tended to be long poems. Not sung, and not rhyming in the sense we’re accustomed to. Their rhymes were internal and not necessarily found at the end of the sentences. Their rhythm lent itself to speech rather than song. My first, rough attempt today will likely not be more than two or three verses of eight lines each, but perhaps in time I’ll write something with a bit more length.

At any rate, I conclude my introduction with a quote from the site I am going by….

notendur.hi.is wrote:
The dróttkvætt meter is notorious for its convoluted word order and fragmented sentences.

Now for the actual poem:

The Scar’s Tale

Brand of fire on bare skin
Breathes a story, weaving
Truths of eyes of tired minds
Testing ears that listen

Mighty warrior, midnight
Makes a glory-claim heard;
Liquid fire spent freely
Falls warm from horn of lips

Who stands against his word
Hears the wind-born whisper
Call husks of souls to speed
So spirit-sworn may speak

Speak they do! Words of sword
Stray from crossed opinion
Til flow of life spills forth
From kisses left in skin.

Tale of woven truth-words
Told for eyes of tired minds
End in silent life-beat
In night of warmth and might.

Ready to remember
Rest of the honored be
But with words of long tongue
Walk free of memory

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