On a rainy night so boring
I heard Munin soundly snoring,
I grew tired of my poring
Perched above Valhalla's door.
"Munin!", screeched I to the ceiling,
Sending the poor fellow reeling,
"Let's deal out a joke to Odin,
One that he'll be falling for -
Just one joke, and nothing more."
Back from barrow ghost invoking
Odin entered, wet and soaking,
And I started with my croaking
From the dark above the door:
"I'm the first and oldest Volva!
All my secrets I could tell ya,
For the right price I might sell, yeah",
And I cawed, "Would you know more?"
(He is crazy about lore.)
"What!", cried Odin, "Quick, be talking!
At the price I won't be balking.
Searching wisdom, I've been walking
Wandering from door to door.
Let my need for knowledge reach you,
All my own skills I would teach you;
Tell me all now, I beseech you!"
Quoth I grinning, "Nevermore!"
(Just a jest, and nothing more.)
Odin with frustration sputtering,
Munin laughing, wildly fluttering,
I was dead-pan and kept uttering