Sword Song by Ness Ayton

First appeared in "The Alternative Robin of Sherwood Zine".


Ancient. Cold. Earthbound. Roughly hewn by rough men.

Tossed aside for later use.

Liquid. Molten. Hot. Selected by a craftsman.

Wrought and tempered by fire and water.

Beaten. Moulded. Sharpened. Named. Etched with runes.

Given hilt and scabbard.

Imbued with purpose. Quickened. Brought to life.

A flame inside. A cause to fight.

Owned by a huntsman. Worn at his side.

Deep, dark sleep in the netherworld.

New awakening. Consciousness brought by a hand, firm and true.

Blood shed. Lives won and lost. Death.