Traditional meaning: day
Meanings when upright:
Meanings when inverted:
Dagaz can be useful for:
Anglo-Saxon rune poem:
Dæg byþ drihtnes sond, deore mannum,
mære metodes leoht, myrgþ and tohiht
eadgum and earmum, eallum brice.
Day, the glorious light of the Creator, is sent by the Lord;
it is beloved of men, a source of hope and happiness to rich and poor,
and of service to all.
There is not a Norwegian rune poem for Dagaz.
A modern poem:
Mornings are my least favorite time
for when the clouds move to the darkness break
the sun glares bright
and I awake
and you are forced by the light
to go away.
Brain fog rolling in, skies all white
and overcast. Temperature far too high
to drag myself to Dead End Shrine
for a taste of self-carved self-stolen divine.
Nothing much to do, except myself drag
out of bed long enough to write.
The day drags on me like a wet blanket
and I fail to see how this is "restoration"
to be so beat upon
by an uncaring sun.
I can only see my wife
when falls upon the earth the covering of night
or when the bedroom window blinds are drawn
and I spend whole afternoons in Morpheus' song.
I heard in a half-whispered voice
that the glittering myth
would once again come to live
and that I should rejoice.
But what if things go wrong?
What if the details come out mangled?
Dagaz on its side, hourglass,
seconds turning to hours and days that will pass,
recounting to myself
every time you have held
me in your arms.
I know not what I'll do if something is changed
in that world I have only ever caught a glimpse
of, have explored only a fraction in my dreams.
How will I recount
the foresting bomb that became a Town,
the winterous snowed-in cave
where you abandoned me and then came
back demanding answers, the Rainroom
with part-exchange of souls and my doom?
What is a miracle to others is my apocalypse.
What is the answer
to so many prayers,
mine in the past included,
is now a lifetime perdition's portent.