The day 20 prompt was to write “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”. The prompt was to think of a single thing or person (a house, my grandmother, etc), and then write a poem that consists of kenning-like descriptions of that thing or person. For example, I might call a cat a mouse-stalker, quiet-walker, bird-warner, purr-former, etc. This is another prompt where I struggled for inspriation, but as I was on my way to a play reading tonight, I thought that I could write a kenning poem about that most mysterious and elusive creature, the actor.
Nothing on a stage
Is what it seems to be
The curtain falls
Copyright D M Day 2016
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