Books, mythology, Philosophy

Asgard…

*

…Suttung saw Odin at once.

He uttered a spell known only

to those who have tasted the mead,

and one eagle pursued another across a dark sky…

*

The Aesir and Vanir set out vats and jars,

laying them side by side, covering the courtyard

beside the Great Wall of Asgard, then watched

as Suttung closed on Odin…

*

With only a wing-span between the great birds,

Odin crested the wall and spat the mead

into the waiting vats beneath him.

*

Suttung shrieked, and shrieked again,

then wheeled away, shrieking…

*

That which was won by force

had been lost through cunning.

*

The Aesir and Vanir had lost Kvasir,

wisest of men, and sole witness to their truce,

but thanks to Odin they still had his life blood.

*

Once more could the High One drink of the mead,

and from time to time, when the mood took him,

he offered the gift of poetry to a man in Midgard…

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