It’s day number lucky thirteen and today’s NaPoWriMo challenge is to write a poem containing at least one kenning.You may be wondering what that is:
“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.”
My poem for this challenge is called: “Robot Babysitter”
She sits inside the chosen room
and often rules the roost.
Telling tales of impending gloom
adrenalin she boosts.
Forbidden tales she sometimes tells
are better left untold.
She drowns the sound of mother’s yells
the kids are in her hold.
She holds court whether day or night,
she has no need of sleep.
She seldom filters wrong from right,
images into their subconscious seep.
It’s not her job to legislate
what should be left unseen.
If something’s inappropriate
employers should be more keen.
Robot babysitter can be used for good
if a parent supervises
and she definitely should
not be left to her own devices.
(Copyright 2014 chattinatti)
Have a look at some kennings by fellow bloggers: