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!

Saturday, 31 July 2010

drive

drive
endless hours
our trip home
why do we leave?
paradise

Friday, 30 July 2010

random

Random
snake poo
won't break hearts
when eggs break suddenly
slowly

blue

blue
the sea
beautiful view included
i will miss it
terribly

Thursday, 29 July 2010

busy

busy
heavy load
deadlines to meet
standards must be maintained
obviously

café

café
vino tinto
un ensalata mixta
my vacation almost over
sad

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

children

children
cheerful, bright
full of questions
sweet faces all around
laughing

time

time
my surprise
minutes pass quickly
still alert and tense
eternity

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

bus

Bus
public transport
brings people together
and jams them close
squashed

sea

sea
powerful force
majastically lies there
shouts, hits and takes
demandingly

Monday, 26 July 2010

Dark

Dark
sinister time
when evil roams
and the truth hides
trembling

Dark

pebbles

pebbles
shiny stones
beautiful sea glass
broke, shaped and polished
steadily

Sunday, 25 July 2010

vegetables

vegetables
home grown
in our garden
good, clean and wholesome
organic

night

night's
down sides
painful mosquito attacks
Mia cries all night
sleeplessness

Birthday

Birthday
special time
memories and hopes
a time to celebrate
you

Saturday, 24 July 2010

sun

sun
sun sets
sun rises again
in red and orange
perfection

Friday, 23 July 2010

Luck

Luck
not skill
gets us through
or so they believe
erroneously

nightswimming

nightswimming
moon shines
soft silent sounds
the body's movements make
midnight

Thursday, 22 July 2010

Onus

Onus
on you
that's the joke
when seen from behind
apparently

lottery

lottery
need money
for a house
in spain with my
love

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Rain

Rain
sudden deluge
filling the gutters
washing the world clean
refreshing

spain

spain
lovely houses
perfect romantic views
I want to stay
forever

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

broken

Broken
my car
(and my heart)
perhaps one will mend
eventually

differences

differences
too many
in one place
sometimes cause some argument
family

Monday, 19 July 2010

Broke

Broke
but happy
a strange freedom
free of financial chains
detatched

pool

pool
deep blue
my baby swims
a little afraid of
water

Sunday, 18 July 2010

picture

picture
wakes senses
tells a tale
invites me to visit
places

books

books
I try
one line only
I manage to read
vacation

books

books
I try
one line only
I manage to read
vacation

books

books
I try
one line only
I manage to read
vacation

books

books
I try
one line only
I manage to read
vacation

Saturday, 17 July 2010

Tombola

Tombola
lucky ticket
what's my prize
unwanted and slightly damaged
soap

two

two
terrible twos
try to test
trease, trample and torture
toddler

Friday, 16 July 2010

painting

painting
oil colour
bright water colour
pens, pencils and chalk
passion

rest

rest
but when
not just yet
rest when I'm old
eternally

Vodka

Vodka
fast track
to another place
cheaper hit than wine
oblivion

Thursday, 15 July 2010

Love II

Love
or failure
is there fault
why do we try
lost

ps.....this was written a long time ago....and it has nothing to do with my current emotional state, but I like this Elfchen, so here it is!

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Storm

Storm
natures majesty
flash of lightening
the crash of thunder
drama

rooms

rooms
only two
all my stuff
nowhere to put it
chaos

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Work

Work
necessary evil
or life structure
but working to much
hurts

green

green
light, dark
flowers and trees
bursting into life again
nature

Monday, 12 July 2010

pointless

pointless
empty mumbling
silence is better
useless words assail me
constantly

Money

Money
devil's tool
motivator of greed
my life's greatest curse
evil

flowers

flowers
rain drops
on velvet petals
seductive beauty woos you
meadow

Sunday, 11 July 2010

you

you
my love
shine from inside
would die for me
forever

Simple

Simple
my needs
all I need
to make life complete
please

Saturday, 10 July 2010

emotions

emotions
hands touch
explore the body
soft and tender skins
unite

Friday, 9 July 2010

Smile

Smile
your smile
melts my heart
promises me a future
warmly

trips

trips
endless roads
tolls to pay
music, snacks and rest
vacation

Thursday, 8 July 2010

Acting

Acting
on stage
and in life
playing so many parts
badly

dragons

dragons
drangon flies
fairies, fantastic tales
monks, magic and mystery
forever

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

travel

travel
endless packing
finally arriving there
not wanting to go
ever

Futures

Futures
defy mapping
light no beacons
guarantee no safe route
risky

Travel

Travel
far places
broaden the mind
teach us to embrace
difference

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

mess

mess
not me
please do not
force me to tidy
ever

Monday, 5 July 2010

Uncle

Uncle
my hero
missed so much
but alway close by
remembered

bakery

bakery
to me
like physical poetry
sweet, soft and delightful
doughnuts

Sunday, 4 July 2010

Grumpy

Grumpy
dull man
a boring relative
not just a dwarf
yawn

drinking

Drinking
feels good
now and again
but causes big problems
sometimes

Sleep

Sleep
is tempting
when I'm deprived
it calls out to me
luring

tired

tired
too little
time to sleep
most of the time
sleep

Friday, 2 July 2010

babysitter

babysitter
great girl
allowing my adventure
nice brithday party bbq
tonight

Thursday, 1 July 2010

Clouds

Clouds
floating high
following the wind
ships of the sky
drifting

life

life
so nice
sometimes so difficult
not regretting a minute
me