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;
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]
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).
Great offering for both NaPoWriMo and A to Z challenge! Wow, I can hardly handle one, and you’ve taken on two. I’m in awe.
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.
Gotta watch out for those frenemies. Well done, as always.
Thank you, m’dear! I don’t have many frenemies these days. My friends are too good to me. 🙂