Napowrimo – Day 13

Our optional prompt for today is to write a poem that contains at least one kenning. Kennings were metaphorical phrases developed in Nordic sagas. At their simplest, they generally consist of two nouns joined together, which imaginatively describe or name a third thing. The phrase “whale road,” for example, could be used instead of “sea” or “ocean,” and “sky candle” could be used for “sun.

 

Iron steeds race forward,
riders distracted,
their magic rocks,
not easily shaken.

Rocks as looking glasses,
riders stare into them,
mouths distort,
as lips unnaturally extend.

The steed loses bearing,
and rider gasps,
as hostile forces react,
warning alarms echo.

Perhaps later,
in the quiet loneliness,
rock to looking glass,
one more selfie.

 

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