A boat has flamed
into the market square;
although its wood has rotted away,
its soul is impressed into the soil.
All that’s left is rust and nails,
a broken key, a piece of spoon,
and the remains of two long bones.
A hidden surprise in the heart of a city,
a flat-bottomed Viking coffin
washed up from the River Nidelven.
Kim M. Russell, 2017
A late boat poem for Imaginary Garden with Real Toads Tuesday Platform, which was found in an article about a 1000-year-old Viking burial boat discovered below a market square in Trondheim in Norway.