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)

The Promise of the Runes

 

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Looking at reflections in jagged shards
of a shattered mirror,
The fall of twilight’s shadow
grows ever nearer,
But when you see the reaping angel
There’s no real reason to fear her.
Remember the words and visions
of the blind Nordic seer
The promises made of runes
sworn on the life of Sleipnir:
Bridges will burn, stars will fall,
Witness it with your own eyes.
Life wanes, blood flows,
Darkness alone fills the skies.
Smoke will settle, the fires cool,
And the Sun will once again rise.

3/29/17

Note: Sleipnir is pronounced “Slayp-near”

Image:  Sleipnir, Odin’s eight-legged horse by Mike Craghead

Inhabitants of Níu Heimar: Alternate Versions (Haiku)

You might consider these “outtakes” or alternate versions of yesterday’s haiku, Inhabitants of Níu Heimar. I’m honestly not sure which of the three I like best.

Alternate Version #1

Æsir, Vanir; Men
Ælfar, Dvergar; Jötnar
Nifl, Muspel; Hel

Alternate Version #2

Æsir, Vanir; Men
Ælfar, Dvergar; Jötnar
Mist, Fire, and Hel

Pronunciations:
Níu Heimar = Nyew Haym-ar (The Nine Worlds)
Æsir = Eye-seer
Vanir = Va-neer
Ælfar = Ale-far (aka Elves)
Dvergar = De-ver-gar (aka Dwarves)
Jötnar = Yote-nar (aka Giants)
Nifl = Nif-uhl (Mist/Fog)
Muspel = Mus-pel (Original meaning unknown. See more here and here).

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)

Týr

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Tīwaz Tīw Týr
One handed war god,
Guardian of Justice and Law,
Gave the Wolf his right hand
As compensation for damages
When he was, by the gods, with Gleipnir bound.

Deywoz Tīwaz Tīw
Dīu Dyeus Zeus

Sky-father reigning before the Alföðr
As Tuesday precedes Wednesday,
A shining sky given over to
The one-eyed warrior poet
And the working-class thunder-clap.

Tīwaz Tvaṣṭṛ Tiwisko
Tius Tio Tuisto
Son of Earth and Sky,
Father of man,
Grandfather of Germans, Goths and Norse,
Angles, Saxons and Jutes,
Danes, Norwegians and Swedes.

And when twilight time falls,
Gleipnir broken; Wōđanaz swallowed whole,
Wolf-children murder the Sun and Moon,
While the one-handed warrior’s laid low
By Hel’s hound, Garmr.

2/23/17

Pronunciation key:
Tīwaz = Two-az
Tīw = Two
Týr = Tear
Gleipnir = Glayp-near

926px-tiwaz_rune-svgDeywoz = Day-woz
Dīu = Dee-you
Dyeus = Day-yoose
Zeus = Zoose
Alföðr = All-father
Tvaṣṭṛ = T-vast-ar
Tiwisko = Two-iss-ko
Tius = Tee-us
Tio = Tee-o
Tuisto = Two-iss-to
Wōđanaz = Woe-than-az (th as in “this”)
Garmr = gar-mur

Image: ‘Tyr and Fenrir’ (1911) by John Bauer (1882–1918). Found on WikiMedia Commons.

Oðinn (haiku)

One-eyed Alföðr
A raven on each shoulder
Great Gungnir in hand

3/21/17

Pronunciation Guide:
ð = th as in father
Oðinn = O-thin
Alföðr = All-fa-ther
Gungnir = Goong-near

Planting Seeds (Haiku)

Seeds planted in dirt
Thrust into Jorð’s fertile womb
Water brings new life

3/20/17

This haiku is my first entry for Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge # 26 – EARTH & WATER. I substituted Jorð (the name of the Old Norse Earth Goddess. Pronounced “Yorth” (th as is father)), whose name is related to the modern word “Earth.”

Gandalf Greybeard

Certh G - GandalfGandalf Greyhame,
Armed with enchanted Elvish wand-staff,
Glowing Glamdring king-blade,
And wisest wits of wizard-kind.
Mithrandir, wanderer on a pilgrimage for truth.

Ainu, holy one,
Born of the thoughts of the divine,
A lesser chorus in the symphony of god.

Olórin the dreamer,
Youth spent in Valinor,
Servant of sky-father’s sacred flame,
Serving the mighty Blessed One,
Dwelling in the gardens of Lorien,
Learning wisdom, pity and patience.

Sent into the east, across the ocean
With his brother Istari,
In the guise of the wise,
To council Ælfar and men
Against the oncoming shadow from the past.

Struck down executing a demon
Of fire and darkness,
A cousin from long ago,
Sent back clothed in white
To finish what had been started.
White rider, Shadowfax friend,
Wielder of the Sun-flames
That forever banish the darkness.

3/15/17

Mjölnir (Haiku)

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Mighty Mjölnir
Thunderer Þorr’s war hammer
Jörmungandr’s bane

3/8/17

Pronunciation Key:
Mjölnir = M’yole-near
Þorr = Thor
Jörmungandr = Yore-moon-gan-dur

Illustration: Thor und die MidgardsschlangeA scene from Ragnarök, the final battle between Thor and Jörmungandr (1905) by Emil Doepler (1855–1922).