Elizabeth Hornor Boquet

Elizabeth Hornor Boquet

NaPoWriMo 2016 Day 20: A Kenning


For my sweet nieces and nephews -- and any other kids-at-heart out there.

A Kenning

Lung-food provider
Soufflé-riser
Fire-feeder

Paint-dryer
Goosebump-giver
Sail-plumper

Mountaintop-greeter
Closed room-freshener
Plane-comforter

Perfume-passer
Music-carrier
Sunshine-container

Hot, Balloon-filler and sauna-sweater
Cold, Snowflake-maker and Jack Frost’s friend

What am I?



“…Today’s prompt …a “kenning” poem. Kennings were riddle-like metaphors used in the Norse sagas. Basically, they are ways of calling something not by its actual name, but by a sort of clever, off-kilter description — for example, the sea would be called the “whale road.” Today, I challenge you to think of a single thing or person (a house, your grandmother, etc), and then write a poem that consists of kenning-like descriptions of that thing or person…”