When did I drink a drop of poetic mead?

Hold your breathe
as you read my words
and your reading is
never completed
if you forget to travel with me
step by step, or maybe
one step ahead
and two steps behind
or even round and round
through the paths of
Prose and Poetic Edda
of Norse poetry.

Know the skalds.
Meet with me
the God of Poetry
of Norse mythology
Bragi,a poet with a harp
and meet his wife,Iðunn
goddess associated with apples
and the granter of
eternal youthfulness,

Such an amazing story
of forgotten time,told!
Know the story
what Bragi says
about the origin
of the poetic mead
from the blood of wisest Kvasir.

Kvasir, who was born
out of saliva of two groups of God
Æsir and Vanir,
and how Odin obtained this mead
which is another story, Bragi tells.

But before that you have to know
about Æsir-Vanir War.
You have to know about two dwarves
Fjalar and Galar who killed Kvasir
to create this mead of poetry
by mixing his blood with honey.

This story of poetic mead
has Gilling, the giant and his wife
and his son Suttungr
who stored the mead hidden
in a place called Hnitbjörg, a mountain
and Gunnlöd,his daughter
who guarded the mead all alone.
Bölverk who was Odin in disguise
met Suttunsgr’s brother Bagui
and cospires stealing poetic mead.
Later, the share of poetic mead stolen
was given by Odin to the gods
and to the men gifted in poetry.

But when did I drink
even a drop of poetic mead?
When did I ever chase it for?
Then why this pain for penning?


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