For Knowledge

Odin scoured his eye socket

like a dirty basin; hung

as a handkerchief 9 days

from the ash tree gallows—

Runes the same as ruin.

“For Knowledge” retells two Norse myths. Odin, the All-Father, plucked out one of his eyes in exchange for a drink from the well of wisdom and hung himself from Yggdrasil, the ash tree that contained the Norse cosmos, for nine days and nights to understand the mysteries of the runes–their written language. These runes gave him unfathomable power, but they also unlocked the secrets of the future so, after learning them, he had to live with the prophecy of his own death and the twilight of all the other gods.