As X the Owl (from Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood) says, "You learn something old every day." Despite two degrees in reading slightly obscure texts, I had never even heard of a kenning, essentially a poetic metaphor (but follow the link for a more comprehensive definition with examples). I only know what they are now because my friend's daughter Alice has been writing them. This is her most beautiful one:



A very greedy tube,
A ruby red train tunnel,
A voice box holder.

Isn't that just poetry? And now, thanks to Alice, I know what a kenning is and I am delighted.

Okay, I'm going to try one too.



Tummy ticklers
Glove fillers
Midnight ice-box thieves

This is not as easy as it seems. What do you think, Alice?