Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Beyond the Wall

You ‘took the black’ and chose to serve The Wall--
this last defense from wildlings in the night
and ghost white walkers, blue eyes shining bright…
doubt weaves its thread through head as you stand tall.

Here in this place, respect is something earned
though line may blur ‘twixt what is right or wrong
seen many things, though you’ve not come here long
with eyes wide open, each a lesson learned

Now comes the time to venture out beyond
to find that old Nan’s tales are coming true.
Will hope for seven kingdoms fall to you?
Perhaps the Spring will see a different dawn.

Up at the Wall, the Winter has arrived…
  all you need do Jon Snow, is to survive.

©  Ginny Brannan June 2012

Google Images:Credit and link below.

Inspired by The Game of Thrones Book 2, A Song Of Fire and Ice by George R.R. Martin.This is about Jon Snow, the bastard son of Eddard (Ned) Stark, Lord of Winterfell. He chose to "take the black", pledging to forego all personal wants, to stand guard against the dangers of the north. Second in my Game of Thrones series. For the first, click this link: Daenery's Song. (Apologies to my Irish & UK friends for my attempts at Celtic inflection in the reading. I do not come from the right side of "the pond" to do it justice!)
*Image: Google Images: from thecoolkidztable.blog

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  1. Love Game of Thrones and this poem! Love hearing it read..."Up at the Wall, the Winter has arrived…
    all you need do Jon Snow, is to survive." What a way to end it!!

  2. Ginny! Just fantastic...the read out loud was flawless! Go Poet!

  3. So that's my friend Ginny?

    I must confess, I have not watched any of that fine program (nor read the books) yet, but that doesn't diminish the effect of this equally fine piece poetry on me.

    Lovely, Gin! xo

    ~ j

  4. Ginny,
    You've created something here with a very classic and elevated feel. Not familiar with "Thrones" myself, but I love the way it's inspired you...Also, it was a treat to hear the voice behind the voice. Nice job in the writing and the reading.

  5. very cool, listening to you reading the poem ginny...and i don't know the book but def. enjoyed the mystic atmosphere you create with your words here

  6. i really need to check out the show...have seen the previews...and even got a copy of the book which sadly sits on my bedside table still...smiles....cool poem...surviving a night on the wall can be quite a feat...smiles.

  7. I don't know the source, but your poetry and your skill with form amazes me. I have an appointment so will come back to "listen!"

  8. This is lovely, Ginny. My son is reading that series, too!

  9. Your blog is awesome, love it! I'm just sad English is not my first language so I can't enjoy them as much as I would if I'd understand the language better!! :( I also write poems, but mostly in Finnish! happy summer :)


  10. i love game of thrones. so cool that you could be inspired by it. i'm having a hard enough time keeping up with it.


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