Poem: Shadorma – “Sleep When You’re Dead” 

Thanks to The Daily Post for the prompt word Saga.


Norse Sagas (www.medevilists.net)


A saga

Harrowing epic,


Legends live, 

Norse stories of old reborn, 

Each night by firelight. 


But times change, 

Now it’s a detailed —

Story with depth, 


Words you wish a person kept;

Instead they went on.


A saga

I wish you would say, 

What you need —

To say in–

Fewer words.

Time is wasting away friend;

I love to listen —


But you’ve breadth, 

I need brevity.

I care what — 

You say to —

Me; but I space out when you, 

Can’t cut your tale —


Down from the —

Length of an epic.

Hook me or —

Don’t; now my —

Mind wanders and I want to —

Be a good friend too.


I haven’t —

Ages to sit by a fire;

As our kin–

Folk eons —

Ago; there is work to be —

Done; I’m responsible.


Love your tales, 

Adventures lived large.

But I have–

My own fights. 

My own epic sagas to —

Live through and survive.


So you’ll please, 

Excuse me when I drift, 

Full of thought.

For your tales, 

Remind me, all I must do;

One can never rest.


Was it the

Vikings who said, 

“You can sleep–

When you’re dead.” 

A realistic saying, 

I’ve found it too true.


©Mandibelle16. (2016) All Rights Reserved.


19 thoughts on “Poem: Shadorma – “Sleep When You’re Dead” ”

  1. At least while a story is being told, no one is going to war. But you’re right about the saga of today–we’ve little time for it. For friendship’s sake, we’ll listen for a while. I wonder, though, that there might be timelessness in the notion that I’ve no time for sages because I must be out acting like a saga’s character. Maybe Odysseus felt that way. Maybe Lief Erickson. And now maybe you. This is a highly, deeply successful look at saga, story, style, and action.

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    1. Thanks Christopher. I didn’t honestly know what the word meant at first, so the poem derived from that. That it is like this on going epic. But people like the Norse would sit around and listen to stories for entertainment. That’s how they were passed down and what you did for entertainment. Now there is so much work for each of us, and all these things that are ‘luxuries of having time’ – going to the lake, going for wine, a networking event, family stuff the kids do etc, so I don’t if we have that time anymore to just sit around the fire and listen. Thank you for commenting. Excuse the long reply.


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