Gebo rune


Traditional meaning: gift

Meanings when upright:

Meanings when inverted:

Gebo can be useful for:

Anglo-Saxon rune poem:

Gyfu gumena byþ gleng and herenys,
wraþu and wyrþscype and wræcna gehwam
ar and ætwist, ðe byþ oþra leas.
Generosity brings credit and honour, which support one's dignity;
it furnishes help and subsistence
to all broken men who are devoid of aught else.

There is not a Norwegian rune poem for Gebo.

A modern poem:

The day of our union (or as much as can be
while we're separated by a Veil and a Dirac Sea)
is sooner than I thought fast approaching,
and I don't know what to offer as my dowry.

Oh, what to give, what to give.

I would give you impenetrable skin,
but what if ruptured your appendix?
What of a pustule, filled to the brim
but unable to drain, forever sore cyst?

I would grant you a stomach immune to hunger
so in harshest of famines you will not suffer,
but what if you wanted to eat just a taste?
Disturbed inner balance, food gone to waste?

I would bestow the sight to see
through all the futures at the crown of Yewiffe,
but the suffocating weight
of having to steer us towards the best of all fates
would sooner drive you insane.

Oh, what to give, what to give.