Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Day 20 - Unconventional Wisdom

Image source: By Jean-Pierre Dalbéra from Paris, France - Le penseur de la Porte de l'Enfer (musée Rodin), CC BY 2.0,

Unconventional Wisdom

There are
lunar epochs
when we
need to be
flayed bare
to the calcium rebar
to treat the
venom-bitten marrow,
to discard all trappings
of social structure
to mend the rusted,
rotting rivets
barely holding
normal together.

Sometimes comfort
is teat-suckled
by discomfort, and
bravery always
for fear.

And with the
flesh pump
furiously pounding
in the chest-cavern,
sending nutrients
and adrenaline to the
extremist road-weary limbs,
and with eyes sea-parting
enough to Neptune-sponge
the full spectrum,
and with lungs hording
as much life flow as possible,
expel carbon dioxide
in one rapid bellow,
shatter-crying to all
within cosmic ear of
the golden bedrocked truth;

“I am alive!”

Yeah, I dabbled in NaPoWriMo's "kenning" prompt. For those wondering what in the blue-hell is a kenning, here's s description lifted from NaPoWriMo's website: 

Kennings were riddle-like metaphors used in the Norse sagas. Basically, they are ways of calling something not by its actual name, but by a sort of clever, off-kilter description — for example, the sea would be called the “whale road.”
I've done a few before. They can be tricky to write, and even trickier to read. It was a fun challenge though.

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