Highrise-welcomer (NPM ’16-Day 21)

21 Apr



I’m an airplane-envelope
rainbow-holder, bird-chamber
wind-route, cloud-churn

Show off turbine’s locus
and weather vane’s point,
I’m a bee-bowl, rain-route

Full of atmospheric dregs
hold your breathable brew,
I rhyme with “my”
on a sunny day I’m blue…

What am I?

© 2016 by Violet Nesdoly (All rights reserved)


This poem came out of a prompt to write a “kenning” poem. Kennings are riddle-like metaphors used in the Norse sagas (according to NaPoWriMo). In a kenning poem you  refer to something in an off-kilter metaphoric rather than by its name. I’vPoetry Friday Logoe made this a riddle poem. Do you know what I’m referring to?

This poem is linked to Poetry Friday, hosted today by Chef Jama  at the very tasty Jama’s Alphabet Soup.


Posted by on April 21, 2016 in Light, Poetry Friday


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9 responses to “Highrise-welcomer (NPM ’16-Day 21)

  1. katswhiskers

    April 22, 2016 at 4:37 am

    Oh, funny. I was thinking that the highrise was all of these things. Then I got to ‘on a sunny day I’m blue…’ and thought, ‘Whaaa?’ But read it again, and of course it’s the sky. The rhythm, imagery and word combinations in this are fabulous!

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  2. mbhmaine

    April 22, 2016 at 4:42 am

    Clever! You’ve created a wonderful rhythm in this piece with those fabulous hyphenated combinations. Thanks for sharing!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Linda Baie

    April 22, 2016 at 7:53 am

    That ‘all-encompassing’ sky, Violet. Very fun to hear about ‘kenning’ and how you approached it. I like those “atmospheric dregs”.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. jama

    April 22, 2016 at 9:23 am

    You and Donna are on the same wave length with your sky poems. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  5. maryleehahn

    April 23, 2016 at 3:59 am

    LOVE this! Your metaphor pairs are fabulous — I can’t pick a single one I like best!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Brenda Davis Harsham

    April 23, 2016 at 8:53 am

    I love the kenning Norse reference and the actual poem, too. We should do an anthology of riddle poems. I have a couple good ones, too. 🙂

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  7. Donna Smith

    April 23, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    Yup, it was a Fri-sky-day. Hey, that spells “frisky” day! I like it. And I love your poem.



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