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2 New Poems for the 2nd of Feb and a little tale from Norse mythology

February 2, 2013

OK, so here are 2 new ones I’ve been sitting on. Obviously, they are both travel poems as I am travelling and you write what you know, right?

The first is “To Be Caught”, which is a little ode to saying Yes and fucking the consequences. New and prolific idea, right? This comes from my greatest failing, which is my indecisiveness. Ask anyone who knows me and they will tell you how making the simplest of decisions (Crunch or Snickers?) becomes a massive undertaking. I guess being blanketed and coddled as a child left me unprepared for the big boy decisions of Manhood. At any rate, everyday is an exercise to overcome this and while travelling you are constantly given options and it is a tired old lesson, but hey, just saying yes is better than no or no decision at all.

If anyone knows their Norse mythology, I see myself as a modern day Honir. As the tale goes, a treaty was made between the two houses of gods, the Aesir and the Vanir. In the truce, the Aesir sent Honir and his pal Mimir as prisoners to secure the peace. The indecisiveness of Honir became apparent as he could make no decisions without Mimir there. So as a lesson, the Vanir cut off not Honir’s head, but Mimir’s, and sent it back to the Aesir. I like this tale because the lesson is that indecision does not only harm ourselves, but the people around us. Not exactly the lesson in my story, but I like mythology, so lay off!

The next is “Travel Chess” which again is quite straight forward. Why do we travel and when is the journey over? This is a big question for the sojourner. You meet people who have been in a place for years and the most pertinent question is “When is the time to move on or settle down?” It also covers every travelers conversations, which usually turns into bragging of where they have been. I am guilty of this myself. Nothing else I really want to say about this one.

Technically, these poems are just straight free form. I have not messed around with any structures in a long time. I usually just play by ear for the natural music, rhythm and timing. But, I think it may be time soon to do so, just to keep in the old habit of it. Would anyone have any examples of their own poetry that they are proud of that conforms to a form?

AJG

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