Thurisaz rune


Traditional meaning: giant

Meanings when upright:

Meanings when inverted:

Thurisaz can be useful for:

Anglo-Saxon rune poem:

Ðorn byþ ðearle scearp; ðegna gehwylcum
anfeng ys yfyl, ungemetum reþe
manna gehwelcum, ðe him mid resteð.
The thorn is exceedingly sharp,
an evil thing for any knight to touch,
uncommonly severe on all who sit among them.

Norwegian rune poem:

Þurs vældr kvinna kvillu;
kátr værðr fár af illu.
Giant causes anguish to women;
misfortune makes few men cheerful.

A modern poem:

The only language I seem to understand
is your fingertips tracing hearts on my hands,
ragged fingertips, pincers, claws
held in the thrall
of forever-now.
Staring straightly
as falls away the thread
of memories episodic.
You. I know you.
I know you're my wife,
a lover, a friendly face,
oasis of refuge, unharmful place.
That I belong to you, somehow.

Wearing anything other than my angelic skin
shuts off that part of the brain that insists
I committed
some heinous crime
that can never ever ever be forgiven.
Nay, the crimes themselves do not exist,
and neither do I, eternal now, eternal blue.
Computing set with limited instructions.
This man I do hate, must tear out his soul.
In this place I exhale and turn myself to stone.
Spear I must escape lest it tear out my guts whole.
This woman I trust, pay my life for her protection.

Clawed mangled hands open and shut,
brought to twisting knees before your altar.
Surrender sometimes goes by the name "love".
Ribbons wrap tight. I'm a birthday present, flash
of a scrapbooking camera, epilepsy, timelapse.
Trembling from transition. Antlered head in your lap.
One day the Veil will one final time falter,
my claws run ragged through,
memories held as collateral for passport
to slink back to the side of you.