NaPoWriMo #20 – Kennings Poem

Welcome to Writing Prompt Pit Stop! It’s Day 20 of National Poetry Month and because I had more time today since my MW classes ended on M, I could work with the NaPoWriMo prompt. It was a unique one, writing a Kennings Poem, and that was certainly a poem form that I had not worked in before. I have to admit it’s fun to play with, and I love my poem that came from the prompt. Since I’ve posted both prompts when I did the April PAD Challenge, I will post my poem, “My Favorite Author,” the prompt I used, and then the PAD Challenge prompt as well today. Enjoy!

My Favorite Author

Pall-Mall smoker,
satirical joker,
technology hater,
Kilgore Trout creator…

(To read the rest of this poem, contact me at or look for it at Flying Island in November 2016!)

Day 20 NaPoWriMo Prompt:

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.

Day 20 PAD Challenge prompt:

For today’s prompt, write a poem of what goes unsaid. Maybe it’s unrequited love, a hidden contempt, spoiler to the most recent TV show or blockbuster movie. Whatever goes unsaid, maybe write it instead.

If you want to share a poem or a thought, leave a comment below.

Keep writing!



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