And finally, our prompt (optional, as always)! Today’s prompt comes to us from Vince Gotera, who suggests a prompt very much in keeping with our poet in translation, a “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.” Today, I challenge you to think of a single thing or person (a house, your grandmother, etc), and then write a poem that consists of kenning-like descriptions of that thing or person. For example, you might call a cat a mouse-stalker, quiet-walker, bird-warner, purr-former, etc. If you’re looking for examples, you can find one that Vince wrote here and a different example here. Happy writing!
Please see NaPoWriMo for more information. A Vallinella has a rhyme scheme of aba aba aba aba aba abba.
Ocean-dweller, belle wave- surfer,
Tide-drifter, a seaweed-eater,
Half-woman, fish-legs, egg-birther,
Treasure-collector, oceanic – worth,
Seashell-comb, seashell-bust, sweeter.
Beauty-fish, plankton-biter, search.
Tiny-fish-eater, a man-eater?
Drowner of surface-walker, worst.
Water- woman, seeker-of -worth,
Gill-breather, and ocean-drifter,
Feet-wisher, mammal-fish, girl-cursed.
Man-drowner, and sailor-sleeper,
Sirene-kin, folklore-maid at first.
Salted-skin, dreamer-fish, surges.
Sweet-girl, sailor-terror, whispers.
Secret-keeper, courage-maid, lures.
Pirates of the Carribean 4: Mermaid Scene
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