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A Kenning Kyrielle sonnet

by cricketjeff on February 20, 2009.  © Jeff Green, All rights reserved

Beneath the nightshine’s silent glow
I walk beside the waterstreet
I revel in the truths I know
You make my happiness complete
      Above where silverflashes play
      The mousebirds dart for night borne meat
      When you are in my dreams by day
      You make my happiness complete
Above me starts the  treehair’s song
The cowfood rustles ‘neath my feet
My heartwish makes me sing along
You make my happiness complete
      Beneath the nightshine’s silent glow
      You make my happiness complete

Author notes

According to my dictionary a kenning is a periphrastic word used in old Norse or German poetry. And according to the same dictionary a periphrastic word is a compound circumlocution so here we have the nightshine, (the Moon), the waterstreet (river), sliverflashes (fish), mousebirds (bats), treehair (leaves), cowfood (grass) and heartwish (love).

All of them contained in a kyrielle sonnet, and Damn I wrote it for a contest before I noticed the theme of the contest so now it isn’t in the contest at all