Sleipnir: A Poem

December 14, 2015 at 8:08 pm (Folklore, Mythology, Poetry) (, , , , , , )

Sleipnir: A Poem

From Sleipnir
to reindeer
what a path was trod
from flying steed of Odin the Norse god
to aerodynamic reindeer carrying a red suited bod
oh what metamorphoses have taken place
Joseph Campbell noted till he was blue in the face
but now we’ll return to the beginning of the tale
just shortly after Jonah was snack for a whale
There was a Norse warrior Marlon Brando godfather like in appearance
whose body was so wide he needed plenty of room for clearance
he talked like he had marbles in his mouth
no one understood him from north to south
He made people offers they couldn’t refuse
And if they did, they wound up with body parts they could no longer use.

Now there was a Norseman who pissed off this godfatheresque Chief
And doing so would cause him a lot of grief
Godfather told Loki to put a horse’s head in his bed
Severed from his body, the horse would be dead.

Now Svadilfari was the name of this stallion
if he were a car, he’d get many miles to the gallon
Now Loki was a pervert of perverts beyond measure
his deeds would be something Caligula would treasure

When Loki saw Svaldifari was a handsome stud
his knees turned to jelly and his toes to mud
Loki turned himself into a mare
with long mane flowing hair
and they got it on in the buff- all naked and bare

So no horse’s head
wound up in warrior bed
Instead Loki gave birth to an 8-legged horse
Commented Mr. Ed, “Of course. Of course.”

And so Sleipnir was born
with 8 legs but no horn.

And so Odin rides this 8-legged steed across the skies
still seen by those on psychedelic highs.

-A poem written by Christopher
Monday December 14th 2015
where Norse mythology meets
The Godfather Part One.


  1. anaatcalin said,

    You’re good at this, Chris. Your references and connections make your work erudite modern literature, using eternal symbols that are relevant for the generations alive today rather than centuries ago. That’s one of the points that make you such a fantastic writer.

    • Dracul Van Helsing said,

      Thank you, Ana. 🙂

      Yes, another one of my readers Carolyn notes how I like to mix history and ancient mythology with world affairs, current events and pop culture.

  2. doesitevenmatter3 said,

    Love this poem, Chris!
    How wonderful it would be to see Sleipnir tonight in the sky! 🙂

    (Now I’m thinking about one of my fav TV shows: The Vikings!)
    HUGS!!! 🙂

  3. Hyperion said,

    Awesome Chris! Enjoyed all of the clever references. I saw the Godfather movie when it first came out and that part with the horses head in the bed got my attention. I always check under the covers before climbing into bed now.

    • Dracul Van Helsing said,

      Yes, that’s the scene I remember most from the film as well.

      I remember in the satire MAD Magazine did on the movie, they showed the hindquarters of the horse in the producer’s bed and he said “Wait, I thought it was supposed to be a horse’s head” and a person sitting in a chair next to the bed said, “It was… but since you’re a Hollywood producer, we thought this might be more appropriate.”

      • Hyperion said,

        Bwaaa haaaa haaaa! mad magazine ruined my mind as a child. What? Me Worry. Never.

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        Yes, it was reading the MAD paperback The Mad Adventures of Captain Klutz- a book absolutely loaded with puns that turned me into the avid punster I am today.

      • Hyperion said,

        That is amazing. I loved the spy vs. spy and that may have influenced my desire for nefarious subterfuge and chicanery.

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        Spy Vs. Spy was great. 🙂

        I also loved Dave Berg’s The Lighter Side.

      • Hyperion said,

        Now I have to go find a MAD Magazine somewhere and read it, LOL.

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,


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