Sunspot Seeker (Kennings Poem)

Lap sitter
Time ignorer
Pillow hogger
Box explorer

Morning waker
Laptop lodger
Vole gifter
Purr massager

Zen teacher
Whiskered sweetie
Starzer Babe,
Our winsome kitty


A kenning is a two-word metaphor associated mostly with Nordic poetry. An example would be “whale road” as a metaphor for “sea”.  Sunspot Seeker describes one of my cats using kennings as metaphoric descriptors. It is a fun, somewhat backward way of thinking about someone or something. Try it!

If you would like to read more about this sweet kitty, check out an earlier poem published here called No Outfit Is Complete Without Cat Hair.


9 thoughts on “Sunspot Seeker (Kennings Poem)

  1. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a poem composed entirely from kennings before, that’s quite an achievement. It’s a really interesting poetic device, one I don’t see used very often in modern poetry, but there’s something about the concise nature of a singular kenning which I think helps to evoke a sense of movement in the image it conveys. So it’s a very apt choice for your subject matter here!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, Michael. That was an enjoyable poem to compose. I actually had another stanza but cut it because I felt it was too long. A kenning is a new concept for me.


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