Taranis, the Celtic Thunder-God, for sufferers of Long Covid and all debilities

“Taranis, the Celtic Thunder-God”

- for all suffering
the wrath of Long Covid
and all debilities

Relentless, rolling thunder
rumbles in my brain
Apprehensively I lie in wait
for lightning and the rain

Before me stands Taranis,
thunderbolt and wheel in hand
At his feet my head, an offering
—abruptly lands

I choose not to question
this powerful deity;
what may be his intention,
or why he has chosen me

Rolling thunder rumbles louder,
pounds upon my startled heart!
Strikes of lightning slash the sky,
causing flooding rains to start

With eleven votive chariot wheels,
on each eight golden spokes
I am adorned-
Taken to Achilles River
I am cast in, and reborn

There, in perfect silence
upon the river’s shore,
I lay prostrate, I am whole-
the headless sacrifice no more

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About this poem

A Long COVID sufferer since 2022, I wrote this poem in defiance of neurological symptoms that include persistent head noises, headaches, and fatigue. I hope we will one day find a cure for these, and other debilitating symptoms of all diseases that inflict humanity.

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Written on January 23, 2023

Submitted by susan.brumel on February 11, 2024

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Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 803
Words 162
Stanzas 9
Stanza Lengths 1, 3, 4, 4, 4, 4, 5, 4, 1

Susan Mayer Brumel

I am a retired hospice social worker, who began writing poems about 2 years ago. I am married, a mom of two sons, a Bernese Mountain Dog, and grandma of two grandchildren who are the loves of my life. A lover of all animals and most people, I enjoy spending time in nature, long walks, and reading Pablo Neruda, Blake, William Carlos Williams, James Joyce, Mary Oliver, Emily Dickinson, Maya Angelou, Leonard Cohen, and more. Baudelaire tells us to ‘be drunk’ on something every day; I am drunk on poetry and intend never to be sober! more…

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  • Vixility
    The thing I really love about this poem is its originality: the menacing symptoms of COVID expressed in terms of the Celtic god of thunder … priceless!

    And the imagery—my God, the imagery! Richly rhythmic, clearly Homeric, and (humorously or not) exceedingly convincing.

    You never, NEVER cease to amaze me with your poetry, Sue …
    LikeReply2 months ago
    • Vixility
      I love and appreciate the allusion to Scamander in the closing stanzas … you are clearly a well versed and educated poet.
      LikeReply2 months ago


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