NaPoWriMo–Q is for…

Queue up for Kennings



one who seeks to weight-wield, squeeze-crush,

one whose inquiry-inducing actings

intend to make us gut-wobbly, belly-wringerish;

a mourn-singer

who wishes us to shrink-make, pain-show, snail-shrivel;

a quiet-kill desirer,

a mercury-speed changer,

sinister-presager with a pain-proportion-requirement;

but never a presence-reliever

and one with whom we hearty-drink;

one-fourth-friend, one-fourth-foe, one-half certain-doubt.




[Q words substituted by kennings:  quarrelsome/quarreler, quash, questionable, queasy, querulous, quail, queck, quell, quicksilver, quota, quitter, quaff, quarter, questionable]


kennings from beowulf kenning--book question


This post is a blend of the A to Z Blog Challenge and NaPoWriMo.  To read other A to Z bloggers, click here. Today’s NaPoWriMo prompt was to write a kennings poem, from the Norse practice of using riddle-like metaphors (see examples above from Beowulf).

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4 thoughts on “NaPoWriMo–Q is for…

    • Hah! Thank you! This is my second year to do it this way, but this year is harder. But I just chalk it all up to poetry exercises and keep on writing. 🙂 Thanks for coming by, reading, and commenting! I’ll be by your site soon and am looking forward to it.

Overheard at a kiln: "The main teaching of all religions is, don't be a dick." You heard the man--comment away, know...

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