We have set ourselves a challenge

Our quest is to write an elfchen (cinquain) poem every day for a year.
Taking inspiration from what we see, think, do and feel our quest will produce a journal which, we hope, will show a unique journey of discovery.

Die Aufgabe, die wir uns gestellt haben, ist jeden Tag für ein Jahr lang, ein Elfchen zu schreiben. Unser Leben, was wir sehen, fühlen und erleben, soll als Inspiration dienen.
Viel Spaß dabei, unsere Reise durch das Jahr zu verfolgen!

Friday, 31 December 2010

depart

depart
go now
you blew it
make way for tomorrow
hope

Silvester

Silvester
say goodbye
to last year
and everything that happened
goodnight

Thursday, 30 December 2010

musing

musing
allows expansion
a vast journey
exploring many other worlds
remotely

impatient

impatient
grumpy mood
very angry easily
at everthing there is
unfair

Wednesday, 29 December 2010

cidre

cidre
last bottle
but lasting memories
pleasant summer in Brittany
relaxing

friends

friends
it's nice
for Christmas drinks
to see old friends
again

Tuesday, 28 December 2010

sing

sing
with pleasure
or with pain
express your deepest feelings
tunefully

autobahn

autobahn
too much
snow, cars, time
we spend to see
family

ps:Tobi, thanks for driving, poor little sick and grumpy mia and me

Monday, 27 December 2010

moon

moon
goddess light
aura for dreamers
your beauty silently soothes
gently

sleep

sleep
my sleep
miss you badly
where did you go
tired

Sunday, 26 December 2010

cold

cold
sleepless nights
mia in pain
please winter go away
soon

sweet

sweet
delicious desert
and your smile
tempting my taste buds
always

Saturday, 25 December 2010

chocolate

chocolate
sweet temptation
a dark seduction
private and public pleasure
velvet

Christmas

Christmas
Santa Claus
a whole year
big, small, big, small
chimney

Friday, 24 December 2010

starlight

starlight
soft shimmer
trusted gentle guide
eternally watching and waiting
above

tree

tree
nicely decorating
my loved ones
our first Christmas tree
today

excitement

excitement
all around
not long now
the day draws near
christmas!

Thursday, 23 December 2010

Christmas

Christmas
this year
arrived too soon
I am not prepared
sadly

hat

hat
warm head
expressing me
a statement of belief
worn

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

papers

papers
oh no
is something missing
where to sign them
papers

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

wrapping

wrapping
exciting times
surprises to be
placed under the tree
waiting

house

house
we officially
own a house
what a big step
nice

Monday, 20 December 2010

resting

resting
not sleeping
not being lazy
not avoiding the jobs
honest

Monday

Monday
full moon
signature given freely
big decision finally made
house

Sunday, 19 December 2010

freedom

freedom
great prize
often an illusion
for which we fight
eternally

life

life
breathing, longing,
hoping, singing, dancing,
working, creating, reveiving, debating,
life

pub

pub
good company
a traditional night
beer wine and crisps
great

Saturday, 18 December 2010

wonder

wonder
I wonder
something truely magical
is going to happen
soon

Friday, 17 December 2010

snow

snow
white beauty
soft falling stars
glitter like little diamonds
winter

try

try
last chance
give it a whirl
you will lose nothing
trying

Thursday, 16 December 2010

anniversary

anniversary
bitter sweet
a small event
easily lost in time
precious

dragons

dragons
green fire
eyes like saphires
mystically enlight my imagination
dreams

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

hugging

hugging
mutual support
maintaining our strength
arms around the world
warm

one

one
one more
day till vacation
I am so exhaused
again

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

work

work
never ends
Christmas holidays come
as soon as possible
please

cheer

cheer
for christmas
peace and goodwill
lots of smiling faces
celebrating

Monday, 13 December 2010

despair

despair
lost services
more budget cuts
we must all suffer
loss

tooth

tooth
tooth aches
has been aching
needs to see dentist
again

Sunday, 12 December 2010

truth

truth
hard words
perhaps softly spoken
making or breaking us
daily

Mia

Mia
first vacation
alone at grandparents
hope it works out
please

Saturday, 11 December 2010

spirit

spirit
inner fire
life force glowing
making all things possible
belief

parents

parents
love them
hate them too
always stress me terribly
sorry

Friday, 10 December 2010

banished

banished
cast out
my own home
ladies want to play
together

argument

argument
to argue
opens new perspectives
makes you compromise eventally
reconcile

Thursday, 9 December 2010

clean

clean
totally spotless
all stain removed
bland and without character
empty

wish

wish
so small
inside your head
slowly grow into existance
live

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

shackles

shackles
fastened tight
holding me still
preventing adventure or growth
eternally

blessed

blessed
I am
in many ways
I am so thankful
always

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

missing

missing
empty space
a profound mystery
my sense has gone
vacant

gifts

gifts
some material
even better physical,
emotional and wildly spiritual
gifts

Monday, 6 December 2010

wild


wild
little monster
sweet and lovely
Mia, I love you
unconditionally

ice

ice
frozen roads
smooth yet treacherous
just like some people
dangerous

Sunday, 5 December 2010

honest

honest
straight talking
the right thing
taking the true road
sometimes

sad

sad
I am
not that much
but a little sometimes...
tonight

slip

slip
simple error
marking the page
a break from perfection
human

Saturday, 4 December 2010

Lunch

Lunch
Saturday Lunch
pork, potatoes, carrots
I love the weekend
yummy

Friday, 3 December 2010

baking

baking
Christmas cookies
sweet and tasty
with my little one
tonight

opportunity

opportunity
comes calling
sometimes it whispers
other times it bellows
insistently

Thursday, 2 December 2010

thanks

thanks
always welcome
appreciation is great
gives meaning to work
wonderful

post

post,
package, e-mail,
cards to write
so much to do
Christmas

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

cold

cold
I freeze
don't like winter
only the beautiful gifts
soon

damp

damp
clinging moisture
cold and uncomfortable
where my shoes leak
yuk

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

captivated

captivated
caught forever
a pleasant prison
must I dwell alone
hoping

snow

snow
soft powder
covered the earth
icy roads and windows
winter

Monday, 29 November 2010

Monday

Monday
where did
my weekend go
time flies too fast
Monday

bed

bed
central place
birth and death
lust and lay ins
sleep

Sunday, 28 November 2010

decision

decision
to make
the right choice?
what will future bring
finally

snow

snow
natures blanket
hiding the earth
making the trees shimmer
white

itch

itch
to scratch
nagging at me
demanding some fast action
now

Saturday, 27 November 2010

responsibility

responsibility
mature me
make me wise
teach me to tolerate
life

Friday, 26 November 2010

pity

pity
me please
man flu strikes
is this the end?
sniff

weekend

weekend
so hard
too many problems
at work at times
relax!

Thursday, 25 November 2010

time

time
usually gone
streches endless sometimes
you are so uncalculable
sometimes

shiver

shiver
it's cold
deep within me
won't you warm me?
please

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

tired

tired
worn out
by work and
other things to do
tonight

protest

protest
speak out
fight for right
don't fall for apathy
stand

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

cracked

cracked
slightly damaged
a weakened state
the wear of ages
damaged

friday

friday
big day
to decide on
our future to come
friday

Monday, 22 November 2010

camera

camera
unforgiving eye
facts can't lie
but filters change reality
subtly

Christmas

Christmas
so soon
a year passed
where did time go
again

Sunday, 21 November 2010

break

break
time away
a different place
time to recharge batteries
recouperate

always

always
again, again
at all times
always and forever more
smile

Saturday, 20 November 2010

birthday

birthday
my friend
forgot to call
you on your birthday
sorry

grin

grin
happy face
show no pain
life without the planning
impulsive

Friday, 19 November 2010

remembering

remembering
a tear
and sweet smile
a hope not fulfilled
yet

chocolate

chocolate
brown velvet
brings sweet pleasure
to the one enjoying
mmmmhhhh

generations

generations
often misunderstood
each one discovering
creating the same novelties
growing

Thursday, 18 November 2010

winter

winter
your scent
silents night's snow
in the air today
winter

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

tongue

tongue
in cheek
for a lashing
my very flexible friend
hopefully

love

love
I love
you love me
so sweet to feel
loved

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

fog

fog
thick blanket
covering the world
hiding all earth's beauty
completely

teeth

teeth
mine hurt
saw dentist today
and again on friday
pain

Monday, 15 November 2010

virus

virus
health failing
food can't stay
stomach rejecting every nourishment
sick

tests

tests
endless corrections
again and again
that is MY test
endlessly

Sunday, 14 November 2010

spider

spider
industrious weaver
eater of lovers
tempting and seductive female
mysterious

moody

moody
have not
been moody lately,
but today I am
toothache

food

food
sustains us
in sufficient quantity
surplus makes us puke
waste

Saturday, 13 November 2010

house

house
now ours
how scary somehow
how sweet the fact
ours

Friday, 12 November 2010

reading

reading
absorbing information
helping me grow
whole worlds between covers
facination

night

night
my time
all to myself
to create and relax
nice

Thursday, 11 November 2010

age

age
insidious attack
a creeping weakness
but wisdom's resting place
balances

seven

seven
seven months
we shared together
more to come please
forever

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

simple

simple
yet elusive
a life's quest
to find true tranquility
within

I

I
hunger for
food and love
more and more love
hunger

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

ring

ring
golden band
an unending circle
with my love within
always

monsters

monsters
these children
no more respect
what do parents do
nothing?

Monday, 8 November 2010

anticipation

anticipation
tingling nerves
the waiting game
puts me on age
briefly

musical

musical
surprise, surprise
dancing and singing
fascinating ghost scared Mia
terribly

Sunday, 7 November 2010

fantasy

fantasy
waking dream
taking me away
new exciting lives emerge
briefly

responsibiliy

responsibility
when older
more of it
can we manage it?
yes

Saturday, 6 November 2010

muse

muse
fickle friend
use me cruelly
give pleasure and pain
unexpectedly

bath

bath
should I
take a bath
relax in hot water
tonight?

Friday, 5 November 2010

fire

fire
cleansing heat
warm comforting flame
driving back the cold
protecting

Friday

Friday
free day
Saturday and Sunday
are still to come
nice

Thursday, 4 November 2010

poor

poor
no money
forgoing our luxuries
but we have sufficient
globally

autumn

autumn
fresh breeze
free my head
blow away the frown
wind

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

record

record
high scoring
so many customers
so many books issued
success

try

try
never stop
never give up
love with your heart
truely

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

winter

winter
now approaching
summer life dying
time to stay indoors
insulated

thankful

thankful
I am
happiness and health
is not for granted
ever

Monday, 1 November 2010

flirt

flirt
gentle amusement
intent to compliment
making you feel loved
gently

loss

loss
emptiness creeps
into our lives
we will keep you
alive

Sunday, 31 October 2010

greetings

greetings
from everywhere
demonstating people's care
filling my day with
love

Tim

Tim,
happy birthday...
birthday to you...
may your dreams come
true

Saturday, 30 October 2010

dreams

dreams
may happen
or come true
I really hope so
again

lost

lost
drifting alone
seeking a path
a highway to happiness
fast

Friday, 29 October 2010

wind

Wind
wild force
natures great cleaner
scour my fuzzy brain
afresh

seduction

seduction
sweet scent
soft swaying silk
try to touch me
tonight

Thursday, 28 October 2010

darkness

Darkness
velvet night
hiding our sins
inviting more intimate touch
seducing

sleep

sleep
my baby
do not cry
let me have sleep
tonight

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

hottie

Hottie
sweet smile
just so cute
figure to die for
tempting

pictures II

pictures
dead images
of the charisma
sometimes beautiful but always
frozen

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

technology

Technology
electronic wizardry
creating modern magic
making life so easy
lazy

Monday, 25 October 2010

pictures

Pictures
telling tales
recording life events
keeping the important times
frozen

still

still
still dreaming
beautiful silent night
stars shine in stillness
tonight

Sunday, 24 October 2010

laughter

laughter
great release
just feeling good
letting good times roll
happily

A

A
exellent work
brilliance and beauty
some students seek perfection
smile

Saturday, 23 October 2010

Fangs

Fangs
perfect smile
needing your blood
feed my hot desire
bloodily

heart

heart
your heart
beats for me
beat strong and long
heart

halloween

Halloween
party time
but spirits roam
and the veil thins
soon

Friday, 22 October 2010

listen

listen
my daughter
will she ever
once listen to me
please

Thursday, 21 October 2010

dewey

dewey
just numbers
in numerical order
why can't people count
straight

mess

mess
my mess
my messy office
no time to clean
ever

Wine

Wine
vine's bounty
liberator of tongues
dispensing so many secrets
accidentally

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

tax

tax
tax return
fortune to come?
hurry, hurry up, please
smile

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

stuff

stuff
all over
my life full
of bits and pieces
disorganised

nice?

nice?
screw you
an old fart
with a reality problem
bye

written in may 2010

Monday, 18 October 2010

haiku

Haiku
Amazing poetry
Illustating another style
Keeping the right rhythm
(Usually)

music

music
surrounds me
in the air
directly into my heart
beautifully

Sunday, 17 October 2010

knitting

knitting
warm socks
large, cosy bankets
I miss it much
time

belief

belief
life's reason
a creative force
providing strength of purpose
driven

Saturday, 16 October 2010

star

Star
distant light
full of promise
there to guide me
constantly

flowers

flowers
beautiful creatures
inspire me always
to draw and paint
nature

Friday, 15 October 2010

mythology

mythology
ancient stories
tales of wonder
with a moral theme
fasinating

work

work
never done
so much more
to do every day
break

Thursday, 14 October 2010

stories

Stories
shared tales
real or imagined
expanding so many horizons
gently

sunday

sunday
looking forward
to a night
of pleasure and fun
yes

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

talk

talk
swapping words
never really listening
speaking but never communicating
pointless

life

life
so fragile
boy and girl
arrived way too soon
hope

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

dream

dream
a dream?
might come true
gives me sleepless nights
true?

infection

Infection
dwells within
poisoning my body
ruining my relaxation time
hurting

Monday, 11 October 2010

fame

Fame
media hit
my shining star
will glow very briefly
tomorrow

games

games
I don't
play them anymore
too much to lose
always

Sunday, 10 October 2010

Winning

Winning
great feeling
victory is transient
and worms can turn
unexpectedly

sunday

sunday
quiet night
I love you
nice, sunny day tomorrow
eleven

Saturday, 9 October 2010

driving

driving
none stop
moving people around
just a free taxi
anytime

friend

friend
so long
but so nice
to see you again
Frankfurt

Friday, 8 October 2010

creativity

creativity
inspire me
please come back
to me tonight again
create

bored

bored
with this
silly pointless dance
moves repeated never improved
crazy

Thursday, 7 October 2010

finally

finally
free time
so many ideas
my chance to be
creative

party

Party
fun time
lots of games
friends old and new
celebrating

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

change

Change
future uncertain
making my investment
gambling on my hunch
hoping

Elfchen

Elfchen
no comments
for me anymore
not a single follower
sad

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

hunger

Hunger
perhaps physical
but far deeper
in this emotional desert
starving

wishing

Wishing
passing time
designing a future
that may not happen
ever

tv

tv
light entertainment
electronic baby sitter
a terrible time thief
thanks

Monday, 4 October 2010

sleep

sleep
pure luxory
much needed sometimes
I enjoy it much
always

Sunday, 3 October 2010

unity

unity
two germanies
united to one
celebrate the unity today
again

puppy

Puppy
growing family
four excited children
not one but two
labradors

nothing

Nothing
is forever
each second passes
never to be repeated
ever

Saturday, 2 October 2010

magical

magical
the love
I found finally
never leave me please
magic

Friday, 1 October 2010

within

Within
tightly corked
with iron control
straight face, blank expression
hidden

deceit

deceit
never nice
how can you
cheat on your love
now

Thursday, 30 September 2010

lotterylo

lottery
did I
or didn't I
win the needed millions
hope

history

History
mixed memories
chance to learn
ingredients for better futures
together

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

trains

trains
stuffed full
take you away
to places you love
late

wink

Wink
speaks volumes
just some mischief
or a secret promise
sealed

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Touch

Touch
light brushing
of the fingers
make the earth move
feverishly

dreams

dreams
sometimes vanish
into thin air
to make space for
more

Monday, 27 September 2010

bath

bath
hot water
takes away stress
gives me new energy
lovely

computer

Computer
wonder brain
your flawed logic
leaves me feeling unimpressed
totally

Sunday, 26 September 2010

love

love
I am
or you are
in and around me
now

grown

Grown
independent life
stretching your wings
relying on your strength
surviving

Saturday, 25 September 2010

midnight

midnight
soft silencee
lust lingers longingly
for you to be
here