NaPoWriMo 13 – Kennings

Today’s NaPoWriMo challenge is to write a poem containing one or more kennings. A kenning is a colorful term or metaphor, a phrase typically made up of two nouns, often hyphenated, to describe another noun.  The use of kennings dates back to old Norse poems and writings that describe mythological characters, battles and other dramatic events. For example, instead of the word “snow,” the term “winter-raiment” might be used. Modern kennings include such phrases as “show-stopper” and “brown-noser”–hardly as colorful as the Norse poets, but you get the idea….

Soul-Taker

by Jan Brown

my lover was a soul-taker
promise-breaker
grief-maker

my love for him
a brain-disabler
pain-enabler

his faithlessness
a love-quencher
spirit-wrencher

he was a brilliant
dream-broker
sorrow-stoker

made millions as
a misery-seller
hope-queller

highly skilled as
a kiss-sealer
bliss-stealer

finally captured, killed
by the grim reaper
(his soul’s keeper)

 

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