Pilgrim’s Path

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Neither Fire Nor Iron

I am the wolf of night
Hunt of the moon, howl of fright
I am the silent arrow keen
Of the forest, I track unseen
I am the spear thrust straight
For today is death’s date
Painted skin, mantled pelt
In darkness my hand is felt
Hungry stalker of the shadows
Hidden beast, Lord of Gallows

I am the bear of might
My shield stands ready day and night
I am the claw of power
To bind the limb, pain I shower
Fury of the lonesome cave
Trespassers are sent to grave
Cast one down, break his bone
For my grasp is made of stone
I am the consuming maw
The feast of flesh my call

I am the boar of war
First to break through the door
Rushing forth as hide is thick
More than brute, a bag of tricks
Master of the thicket lost
Secrets of crossroads crossed
I am the axe, tusk of boar
Of my brothers, I stand at fore
The ranks I break and steel I bend
Splintered shields, skulls never mend

The Oni

Thus I became Oni
I left
For all was theft
My back I turned
For I had learned
No past ones near
No longer dear
To the forest
To hear the immortal chorus
In sight of the eye
Those who had died
In silence and chant
Never the word can’t
Grasp staff of oak
The distant one spoke
That book
Fallen from tree shook
Shadows did stir
Voices I heard
Cast sight towards north
Stand now come forth
All have abandoned
Forsaken and stranded
This is why you came
You of many name
Climb the mountain high
Cast down moon from sky
The Way is in blood and sweat
The price of immortal debt
Cast away the world
Listen to the ever chord
Laughter we sing
Solemn bells we ring
To stand so alone
To stand strongly grown
Oak of the field
Ever grown shield
The Way
To never stray
Alone is the way
Alone never stray
Thus I became Oni