1. the usual run of persons or things; an indistinguishable gathering; jumble
[origin: 15th century; Middle English, heap, pile, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse hraukr rick]
The skies are red before me
And the skies are red behind,
Crimson clouds are roaring o’er me
On the shouting of the wind.
And the world below is swinging
Like a planet all a-fire
But I laugh, for I am winging
Far above the stench and mire.
Slither and crawl
In the gory muck
Writhe and fall
In the battle ruck,
Muddy and bloody, curse and die!
I am aswing on the wings of the sky!
I rend through the veil that batteries cloak
I soar through the swirling world of smoke.
The flame-bursts leap like a fiery fount,
But I laugh, I laugh and I mount! I mount!
Into the oceans of white and blue
Where the wild wind giants hammer and hew.
Where air-fleet crashes on reeling fleet
And Death is racing on flaming feet.
Mid a sea of flame and a roar of strife,
This is Valhalla! This is Life!
[from “The Viking of the Sky“; to read the complete poem see The Collected Poetry of Robert E. Howard, p.110, The Collected Letters of Robert E. Howard, v3, pp. 481-82; and Robert E. Howard Selected Poems, p. 58]