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!

Monday, 31 May 2010

Future

Future
hidden road
a cloudy glass
a territory to explore
expeience

time

time
free time
nice to have
this week with pleasure
leisure

Sunday, 30 May 2010

Parents

Parents
always there
wanting the best
always pushing for achievement
supporting

drops

drops
draining, dripping,
darkening, drowning, depressing,
dramatic thunder drives tornados
rain

Saturday, 29 May 2010

Inspired

Inspired
to write
perhaps to dream
to create new worlds
secretly

cars

cars
traffic jam
truck flipped over
more time to kill
autobahn

Friday, 28 May 2010

Song

Song
beautiful sound
words of love
with words of hope
soothing

water

water
finest fluid
spring of life
unless it is rain
again

Thursday, 27 May 2010

Pub

Pub
good company
sharing happy moments
stress pushed far away
relaxed

family

family
dad's birthday
loads of friends,
food, laughter and happiness
seventy

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

blindness

blindness
no eyes
will ever see
what a heart may
truely

Story

Story
thrilling tales
keep children enthralled
turning the pages excitedly
smiling

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Cramped

Cramped
can't move
no work space
designed to look good
impractical

nice

nice
to be
myself today
the way I am
usually

Monday, 24 May 2010

Canal

Canal
dark water
resting narrow boats
slower pace of life
simple

summer

summer
summer sun
came back today
stay, stay don't go
away

Sunday, 23 May 2010

Park

Park
public place
so many pleasures
so many people enjoying
space

Love

Love
love me
love me endlessly
like I love you
forever

Saturday, 22 May 2010

heaven

heaven
tranquil haven
where are you?
I need an island
now

Garden

Garden
tranquil haven
or party place
our summer sitting room
heaven

Friday, 21 May 2010

Adulthood

Adulthood
grown up
a new era
time to face challenges
maturely

stress

stress
more problems
than actually needed
vacation please come soon
help

Thursday, 20 May 2010

Writing

Writing
soul release
random expressed emotion
a glimpse inside me
revealed

done

done
work completed
exhaused and tired
well deserved rest needed
badly

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Poem

poem
new meaning
every time reading
the beauty of words
truely

Children

Children
tomorrow's hope
thirsting for knowledge
learning what they see
growing

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Dream

Dream
heart's delight
minds meet again
a joining of souls
joyfully

blank

blank
empty pages
brainless, blind, broken
desperately waiting for inspriation
art

Monday, 17 May 2010

Evening

Evening
sun sinking
the night approaches
a time of change
magical

asleep

asleep
dark clouds
blown away softly
by comforting warm images
dreams

Sunday, 16 May 2010

Digging

Digging
back breaking
good repetitive labour
muscles exercised at last
aching

pool

pool
swimming pool
waves of laughter
and bubbles of joy
water

Saturday, 15 May 2010

red

red
red wine
wild red passion
rising from my heart
tonight

books

books
holding dreams
opening new doors
bringing fresh horizons closer
entertaining

Friends

Friends
always understand
standing by me
offering hugs and shoulders
always

Friday, 14 May 2010

green

green
fresh leaves
first little flowers
trees bursting into life
Spring

Thursday, 13 May 2010

sun

sun
not shining
for me lately
spring, please come back
again

Choices

Choices
weighed up
toss the die
just take a chance
guess

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Haiku

Haiku
incredible poem
using numbered syllables
to make clever verse
magical

eleven

eleven
lucky number
one and one
makes two to come
Elfchen

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

paint

paint
dark red
dripping down canvas
creating compositions in colour
painting

Tired

Tired
worn out
ready to drop
sleep beckons, bed invites
yawning

Monday, 10 May 2010

Voice

Voice
empty words
constantly assail me
commentary on the inane
annoying

hobbies

hobbies
reading, writing,
painting and knitting
I hardly remember them
anymore

Sunday, 9 May 2010

Marathon

Marathon
long trek
running the course
a tribute to fitness
victory

Birth


birth
little Mia
brighten my life
source of my happiness
Mother

Saturday, 8 May 2010

Leaving

Leaving
getting ready
taking a risk
anticipating a brighter future
soon

school

school
teachers, students
exams, homework and talk
endless teacher's meeting afternoons
work

Friday, 7 May 2010

Beauty

Beauty
tempting lips
bright smiling eyes
speak volumes to me
inviting

hope

hope
never lost
but utterly distant
better times to come
vacation

Thursday, 6 May 2010

politics

Politics
bitten backs
honeyed tongues proclaim
so many false promises
insincerely

work II

work
too many
tests to correct
overwhelmed and happiness faded
stop!

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Pain

Pain
stabbing me
catching my breath
inpossible to be comfortable
squirming

mood

mood
mood swings
mad mood swings
more mad mood swings
sorry

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Monday, 3 May 2010

Carnival

Carnival
colours whirling
screams of pleasure
children smile and cheer
celebrating

poetry

poetry
emotional presence
dead poet's society
means so much to
me

Sunday, 2 May 2010

Sunday

Sunday
weekend ends
work starts wordlessly
without warning, waiting for
Friday

Breath

Breath
sometimes catching
with sudden anxiety
speeding out of control
panic

feet

feet
sweet seduction
tempation to try
and buy so many
shoes

Saturday, 1 May 2010

Cake

Cake
delicious chocolate
made to share
you cut each piece
smiling

Man

man
one day
changes everything immediately
emotions overwhlem sweetest creature
Father