Berserkers Never Lose

Burning villages dot the highland countryside. In the aftermath of battle, a child screams in the distance, a rare survivor. Trees murmur of the unspeakable acts of man at day’s end. The stars weep for the villagers and fall from the sky. Máni bowing his head in disapproval handed the child over to Nótt, but she could do nothing to bring comforting sleep.

Scavengers begin to creep in closer; waiting for the wolves to leave. Circling ever nearer-waiting. Horns sound from offshore, the wolves’ battle victory.

Soundless, wild-eyed warriors fade into the shadow of the seas. Berserkers never lose.


I wrote a lovely Norse themed haiku collection earlier this week over at A Full Cup of Tea, but thought I’d explore the darker side today.


Quicky Norse Mythology

Máni-Moon God

Nótt-Goddess of Night

Berserkers-Favored warriors of Odin, said to wild, crazy in battle and wear wolf , not be subdued by fire or iron weaponry

Odin-God of War, God head dude like Jupiter in Roman mythology


Writing Prompts – Creative Copy Challenge #302


9 thoughts on “Berserkers Never Lose

  1. Very dark picture of the marauding barbarians

  2. deanabo says:

    You did a terrific job of painting the picture with your words. well done!

  3. Alice Keys says:

    I like your exploration of the interface between short fiction and haiku. I’m playing around there right now. What fun. Good job with this.

  4. Anklebuster says:

    Thanks for the history lesson!
    I am reminded of the Barbarians in Empire Earth – savages!



  5. Really cool poem, particularly liked how it conveyed the battle and ferocity of the berserkers.

  6. Welcome to the 100 Word challenge. I just featured you as a newcomer on the Facebook page:

    I love the title! Also really liked the line, “Soundless, wild-eyed warriors fade into the shadow of the seas.”

  7. yerpirate says:

    This I like – this digs! Lovely haiku by the way..Orkney….ah yes…

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