NaPoWriMo : Twilight

Jaibala/ April 14, 2014/ Poetry/ 19 comments

The prompt for the NaPoWriMo “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. I hope you have fun trying to invent your own. Happy writing! ” Well I did attempt one, here it is –


The dolphins, jump along the whale road,

The birds fly against the tree breaker,

The Sky Jewel making way for the moon,

Soon the little Night light will replace the orange hue,

The fate of the day that’s gone or the promise of a new dawn,

Twilight can be whatever imagine, whatever you want.

Listed below are my fellow NaPoWriMo Participants – – Nirmal – Sfurti  – Janaki – Pooja – count –  Naina – Rohan – Karan – Rinzu – Vinay  – Nithya – Preeti


About Jaibala

Academically a Microbiologist, I am a Web Columnist for popular magazines and websites, Freelance Writer and a Blogger. Words define me and writing and reading compete to be the love of my life. My biggest belief is that there is something good in everything and I always looks to highlight the best in things. Creative writing is my forte.You can reach me by dropping a mail at


  1. So many Kennings in one single post!!! You seem to have got an eye on them!!


    1. haha Geetika. Once I started to write, they just kept coming 🙂

  2. Kennings, never new them by their name. Thanks for telling about them, I enjoyed your poem. Do keep writing.
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    1. Thanks Inderpreet 🙂

  3. Uber! I’m gonna discuss this on Fb. Best 2014 post so-far.

  4. wow..this is beautiful imagery…beautiful..:)

    1. Thanks you so much Vijit 🙂

  5. A plethora of Kennings here Jb! Are you sure you aren’t Nordic? You’re close to creating a saga 😉 Yes, twilight can be whatever we want to be. Day or night, both or neither 🙂 beautiful.

    1. Thank you….and ya pretty sure I am not nordic….or maybe I am..not sure now….and yes like a lot of other things we can make twilight whatever we want to believe 🙂

  6. oh wow! liked the end.

    1. Thanks Janaki…..thanks for the encouragement 🙂

  7. I loved loved the last line…beautiful Jai!

    1. Thank You Sfurti…..I am really happy you liked it 🙂

  8. Our thoughts tend to run on a similar line most of the times, doesn’t it? 🙂 I agree, the fate of a person’s life is only in his or her own hand.

    1. I dont call you my twin for nothing 🙂

  9. Awesome attempt Jai. 🙂 I loved the line “Soon the little Night light will replace the orange hue”.

    1. Thanks Preeths…..i am glad you liked it 🙂

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