NaPoWriMo Day 13: Moon Dust

Day 287: Moon dust

The prompt for day 13 is to write a poem with at least one kenning.  Here is NaPoWriMo‘s description:

Our optional prompt for today is to write a poem that contains at least one kenning. Kennings were metaphorical phrases developed in Nordic sagas. At their simplest, they generally consist of two nouns joined together, which imaginatively describe or name a third thing. The phrase “whale road,” for example, could be used instead of “sea” or “ocean,” and “sky candle” could be used for “sun.” The kennings used in Nordic sagas eventually got so complex that you basically needed a decoder-ring to figure them out. And Vikings being Vikings, there tended to be an awful lot of kennings for swords, warriors, ships, and gold. But at their best, they are suprising and evocative.

and my poem:

In the sleep of day
filaments of moon dust
glimmer in the gods’ laps
between clearing clouds
and the witch’s howl blows
above the long black-tar snake.

If You’d like to write your own please feel free to share in the comments below.

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