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).