High, Just As High; Third (a Tanka)

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Odin, Vili; Ve
Wōðanaz, Wiljô, Wīhą
Slayed and flayed Ymir
Crafted Asgard and Midgard
Breathed life into Ash and Elm.

4/9/17

Poem #10 for National Poetry Writing Month (aka #NaPoWriMo)

Pronunciation key:
Vili = Ve-Lee
Ve = Vey
Wōðanaz = Wo-than-az (th as in father)
Wiljô = Wil-yo
Wīhą = Why-ha
Ymir = Eye-meer

Image: 
Odin and his brothers create the world by Lorenz Frølich (1820–1908)

Dreams of Poems Already Written

Allen was in Asgard reciting America and
Singing the Buddhist Bible Blues for All-Father Odin
While Bobby and Baldr compared notes concerning
Daily dreams of darkness, depression, and death.
Byron rode up and down Bifröst bridge
Writing a poem about Don Juan
(No, not that one, the new one!)
Marcus Aurelius read the mythologies of Midgard,
Studied philosophy with Plato,
Admiring the stoicism of Socrates,
As Rimbaud wrote rhyming prose about Ragnarök,
Containing nothing but the truth,
Delivering it to Valhalla for the consideration of
Siddhartha, Thor and Wōđanaz.

4/2/17

Poem #3 for National Poetry Writing Month (aka #NaPoWriMo)

Inhabitants of Níu Heimar (Haiku)

Æsir, Vanir; Men
Ælfar, Svartælfar; Jötnar
Fog, Fire, and Hel

2-22-17

Note: There are two alternate versions of this Haiku.

Pronunciation Key:
Níu Heimar = Nyew Haym-ar (The Nine Worlds)
Æsir = Eye-seer
Vanir = Va-neer
Ælfar = Ale-far (aka Elves)
Svartælfar = svart-ale-far (aka Dvergar/Dwarves)
Jötnar = Yote-nar (aka Giants)

Picking Up the Pieces

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After the smoke of Surtr’s sword clears,
Sitting in the still green field of Iðavöllr
Where Asgard once stood,
Oðinn-sons Víðarr and Váli,
Thier nephews, Móði and Magni,
Dragging Mjölnir between them,
Tippin’ their hats as Baldr and Höðr
Arrive from Helheim.
Trading stories and reminiscing of days gone by,
Before Bifröst burned.
Clearing the dirt and soot from Oðinn’s royal chess set,
Planning the first move of the next game.

3/6/17

Pronunciation key
Iðavöllr = Ith-a-voll-er (th as in father)
Oðinn = O-thin (th as in father)
Víðarr = Vie-Thar (th as in father)
Váli = Vall-li
Móði = Moe-thi (th as in father)
Magni = Mag-nee
Mjölnir = Mee-yole-near
Baldr = Bald-er
Höðr = Hoe-thur (th as in father)
Helheim = Hel-haym (Hel Home)

Illustration: “After Ragnarok” by Emil Doepler (1905) Found on Norse Mythology for Smart People: Ragnarok.

Loki Laufeyjarson

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Loki Loptr Lóðurr,
Roaring Hveðrungr,
Trickster lord of air and fire.
Sky walking lie smith
Laufey-son, Jötunn spawn,
Fenrir father, Sleipner mother
Serpent sire, Hel father.
Blood brother to the Alföðr.
Jötnar by birth, Æsir by choice.

Shaving sweet Sif’s head as a joke,
Manipulating Dvegr smithies
To forge a living gold wig for her head,
Create crushing Mjölnir for Þórr’s hand,
and produce other treasures for Asgard.

Dressing in drag with Þórr,
Disguised as Freyja on her wedding day,
To retrieve his stolen hammer from a Jötnar king.

Tricks and games, schemes and jokes
That end in death and pain.
Frigg’s tears at Baldr’s grave,
Loki bound by his son’s intestines,
Sigyn catching the venom
Dripping from the fangs of the snake
Skaði hung over his head,
every hundreth drop burning his forehead,
While she empties her bowl,
Writhing in pain, shaking the ground,
Waiting for the Universe to end.

3/2/17

Pronunciation Key:
Loki = Low-Key
Laufeyjarson = Lau-Fee-yar-son
Loptr = Lof-tur
Lóðurr, = Low-Thur
Hveðrungr = H’veth-run-gur (th as in father) (I think)
Laufey = Lau-fee
Jötunn = Yote-un
Fenrir = Fen-rear
Sleipnir = slape-near
Alföðr = all-father
Jötnar = Yote-nar
Æsir = Ay-seer
Dvegr = D’ve-gur
Mjölnir = M-yole-near
Þórr = Thor
Freyja = Fray-ya
Baldr = Bald-er
Sigyn = sey-gin (hard g as in ground)
Skaði = Ska-thi (th as in father)

Illustration: Loke och Sigyn by Mårten Eskil Winge (1825–1896)

Mother Frigg

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Oh dear Frigg, Oðinn wife,
Bold Baldr and blind Höðr mother,
Are you wise Wodan’s first wife
Or his second?
You’re a mother and you’re of the Earth,
Are you Móðir Jorð, thunder mother?
Are are you lady Freyja, Óðr wife,
Njörðr daughter, Freyr sister,
Mother of treasured daughters,
Hnoss and Gersemi,
Keeper of Fólkvangr field,
Where dwell the half of the honored dead
That don’t belong to Oðinn?

Beloved Æsir Queen, Vanir princess,
Did Wōđanaz wed you to seal the peace?
Did he love you as an
Alföðr loves his Jorð Móðir?
Did his eye see you for who you are?

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Twighlight in the Níu Heimar

This poem is an addition to Níu Heimar and will appear as part of that poem if and when it is published in a book .

At twighlight,
When the Nine Worlds have fallen to dust,
All is dead; destroyed.
The surviors, rightious and good,
Shall dwell in the golden hall of Gimlé
On the south side of Ásgarðr.
Moved for safety, some say,
Southward and upward
End long through the second and
Ever upward to the wind wide blue third Heaven,
Far from fire and death,
Where, ’tis said, only the Ljósálfar still dwell.

2/13/17

Pronunciation guide:

Ljósálfar = l-juice-al-far
Ásgarðr = As-garth
ð = th in “father”

Níu Heimar

Níu Heimar, Nine homes,
Nine Worlds the Universe is made.
Through the center Yggdrasil,
The cosmic backbone grows.

At the start there was only
Muspelheim, Niflheim
And the gap in between
Muspelheim, home of world wrecker
Surtr and his Eldjötnar,
Fire giants living in volcanic furnaces
Waiting to break Bifröst to bits.

Icy Niflheim, mist-home,
World of dim darkness and fog
Surrounding Hvergelmir,
Bountiful bubbling spring
—filled by dew drops from the rack
of EikÞyrnir, Valhallan stag—
Where lives Níðhǫggr malice-striker;
From where Elivágar flows,
Feeding the rivers of the worlds.

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Óðinn’s Wisdom

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All my life, says Óðinn Alföðr,
I’ve sought wisdom and knowledge.
I’ve sacrificed, I’ve studied and endured.
And the only thing I am sure of
Is that twilight’s fall can not be averted,
Ragnarök will come, Asgard will burn,
Fenrir will slip his chains, Sköll will feast on Sól’s bones,
Darkness will fall, we will all die.

Its a fact that must be faced,
How its faced will define you.

12/12/16

Pronunciation guide:
ð = “th” as in “father”
Óðinn Alföðr = O-thin All-father
Ragnarök = Rag-na-rok
Fenrir = Fen-rear
Sköll = Skole (Rhymes with “toll”)
Sól = Sole

Image: Odin, der Göttervater. Odin enthroned with weapons, wolves and ravens” by Carl Emil Doepler (1824-1905). Found in WikiMedia Commons.

Thor

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Born of a meeting between Earth and Sky,
Mother Jörð and Alföðr Óðinn,
Thunderer Þórr, Jötun Slayer,
Lightning Wielder, Relentless red-headed warrior.

Wheat-haired Sif husband,
One-eyed Wotan son,
Valkrie Þrúðr father,
Beloved Baldr brother.

With Mjölnir mountain-crusher,
Dvergr forged lightening-hammer,
Iron glove wielded stubby handled serpent slayer.

Stand at the end of the world,
Stopping Midgard strangling sea serpent,
Jörmungandr Ragnarök-starter
Hel-brother, Loki-son,
With your next to last breath.

No mythical Goldilocks Hemsworth
Shakespeare-speaking superhero.
Authentic mythological goat-cart riding
Hallowing, mankind protecting,
Three-quarter Jötnar champion of Asgard:
þunraz Thunderer.

11/18/16

Pronunciation of names:
ð = th in “father”
Þ = th in “thick”
Jörð = Yorth
Alföðr Óðinn = Alfother Othin
Þórr = Thor
Jötun = Yote-un
Þrúðr = Thru-thar
Baldr = Bal-dar
Mjölnir = Mee-oll-near
Dvergr = D-verg-ar (dwarves)
Jörmungandr = Yore-moon-gand-ar
Ragnarök = Rag-na-rock
Jötnar = Yote-nar
þunraz = Thun-raz

Inspired by The Daily Post‘s Daily Prompt:Mythical

Image: Thor’s Fight with the Giants by Mårten Eskil Winge, 1872