Medicine Woman

Posted: April 24, 2016 in Uncategorized

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So your challenge today.

  • Create a couple of new compound nouns. let them be memorable by funny or lyrical, maybe even cryptic.
  • Use these new compound nouns to create a poem on any topic you like. You might even want to write it on a challenge you have missed.



Her eyes were big O’s
with spider-leg lashes
all elbows and knees
loping through tall grasses
hair rising behind
like ravens aflutter.
She was an antelope-child,
huntress of healing,
with aloe-hands
and feverfew-lips.
Caring for the weak
and soothing the sick.


  1. Oh yes… this is exactly what I wanted to see… to me the whole poem gets such strength by being written in past tense leaving me wondering what she is today… Thank you for taking the challenge


  2. Sanaa Rizvi says:

    Love, love, love this Debi 😀 no doubt amongst many other things a woman is first and foremost a nurturer 🙂 Beautifully penned.

    Lots of love,

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  3. Rommy says:

    This is just so rich with imagery. You nailed this challenge.

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  4. Kerry O'Connor says:

    I cannot choose which kenning I like the most – they are all so imaginative and add dimension to your portrait of the medicine-woman.

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  5. whimsygizmo says:

    LOVE this:
    “spider-leg lashes”
    and “fever-few lips.”

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  6. Such a descriptive portrait of a shaman healer. Your myriad kennings add vitality.

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  7. spider-leg lashes…a healing woman…Oh, can I call her? beautiful

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  8. Rosemary Nissen-Wade says:

    Excellently done.

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  9. LOVE your compounds and your choice of topic…enchanting and intriguing character…especially love the way you described her hair!


  10. Bekkie says:

    Stunning Debi! I can see the contrast between old kennings and new by reading this.

    Liked by 1 person

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