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To Ride Death   poem  
Creators: Elizabeth Barrette (Writer), Ellen Million (Inspiration)
'Death' means different things in different cultures.
Posted: 05/03/17      [1 Comment] ~ 122 words.
 

To the Roluma people,
Death is a bird:
the axebeaks and spearbeaks
they send into battle.

Just because they are meant to be ridden,
doesn't make it easy:
a cavalry soldier must be
strong and assertive to survive.

To the Duurludirj people,
Death is a sea monster:
the deathfins they face
in the bloodied water.

Just because they are not meant to be ridden,
doesn't make it impossible.
A warsailor must be canny and a bit crazed
to get away with it.

They don't agree on the names
or the politics or the lifestyle,
and each people thinks of the other as mad.

But there is one thing they agree upon:

When you dare to ride Death,
nothing else can touch you.

Author's Notes

This is the freebie for the July 2015 Muse Fusion, inspired by a prompt from Ellen Million. It also fills the "Wild Card: Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Creatures" square in my 3-16-15 card for the genprompt_bingo fest.

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Referenced Articles:
Sea Monsters: Deathfin
Duurludirj
Avian Ecosystem of Old Roluma

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