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NaPoWriMo #20: A Kenning Poem

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nibI learned something new today.  There is a poem form called a  kenning.  It is a”riddle-like metaphor” that appears as compound words used in place of a single word noun.  This was a common device used in Old Norse sagas — and so it resonates with my Viking ancestry!  May I present a short kenning poem for your amusement:

Four-Cylinder Chariot

Four-cylinder chariot,
I had high hopes for you.
Down the highways and byways
To streak out of the blue.

I named you White Lightning
— at the time it seemed fine–
But you’re slow and more mellow,
So I’ve named you Moonshine.

Ljgloyd (c) 2016


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