I am sea-thread under sky-candle,
In the last weather of weapons,
Vajra Chandrasekera lives in Colombo, Sri Lanka. He writes poetry to escape all his unfinished novels. He says:
“Flame-farewelled” is an old Norse kenning for an honourable death, presumably as in “Viking funeral”. It stuck in my head and got mixed up with images of undersea fibre-optic cables, worries about internet censorship and the idea that the traditional relationship between Thor and Jörmungandr needed to be inverted. Who better to represent oppressive authority than a big guy with a hammer?
Public domain illustration is from Atalanta Fugiens (1617).