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Sam Regaining

by Moss Bliss

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This is a vignette from Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny. It has been several years in the making, but was mostly written and completed as part of FAWM 2022.


Long I lived in the golden cloud
Until they found me, called me back
The world was more than I could take
So long off the earthly track

They needed me as who I was,
I could not manage my old strength
My evening walks were what I chose
I took them daily, at much length

I found Taraka, called him down,
Temptation placed its strident call
One wager only worth my time
“My body, twice or none at all.”

The bones roll in a quiet place
The living lightning joins my cause
Sacred seven, once again
Eyes of the Serpent, the demon throws

I bound the demons to my call
A thousands flames at my command
Until the Bright Spear found me out
And brought me back to where we stand

My powers are back, my strength is whole
My ancient tricks return to me
The gods will face the power of Sam
And what may happen, we shall see.

written February 28, 2022


released March 2, 2022
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