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~ By Courtesy of Others ~

You Know You´ve Been Heathen Too Long When:

You catch yourself doing the "eye check" or the "hand check" with older men all the time...
... and get extra deferential when you see one´s missing.

If you think a couple of bottles of mead is a fine offering...
...but a light start to the evening.

If your amber necklace collection is dense enough to stop a spear....
...aimed at your kneecaps.

If your idea of a magical knife is an eight-foot spear...    
...but you´re not sure which one to use.

If you get so honked off at the translations of Snorri´s Edda, you decide to publish your own...
...and then get honked off at Snorri´s command of Old Norse!

If you know all about the books available by interlibrary loan from a university more than a hundred miles away...

If you´ve been down and around Yggdrasill to Hel so many times Modgudh just waves you through.
...or you stop awhile and swap dirty jokes.
...and yours are better.

If "aqavit mint julep" or "Berenjagermeister" ever sounded like a good idea...

If you ever actually considered eating lutefisk...
...let alone making it...
...with your own lye...

If nobody can use the phrase "low key" around you anymore...

If the idea of playing "fetch" with your dog ever made you wonder what you were REALLY having him chase...

If you ever rooted for the Vikings or the Ravens just because of their names...
...especially when the Ravens played the Giants in the Super Bowl...

You might, just might... have been a heathen too long!

© Lorrie Wood

Hrafnar

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