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, 8 April 2011

two days

two days without you

two days of silence

but I can hear my heart scream

two days without you

two days of pain

when will I see / feel / hear you again

two days without you

Monday, 28 March 2011

stop

stop
should we
try something new
less frequent, more intense?
perhaps

Friday, 25 March 2011

finished

finished
cycle ended
washed and rinsed
my brain spun dry
refreshed

Thursday, 24 March 2011

healthy

healthy
good food
bodily temple cleansed
the future looks rosy
now

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

excited

excited
extremely tired
wanting to move
to end it and
begin

health

health
basic need
point of growth
from wholesome cultured  seed
bloom

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

thoughts

thoughts
hope's nourishment
sweet and sour
hope still springs eternal
always

Monday, 21 March 2011

mud

mud
masks beauty
with oozy filth
earth's benefits are free
rich

Sunday, 20 March 2011

watch

watch
observe closely
chance to learn
if you take it
seriously

talk

talk
without pause
and without meaning
it's all about you
empty

Saturday, 19 March 2011

Sunday

sunday,
monday, tuesday
wednesday, thursday and:
friday I am home
finally

Friday, 18 March 2011

silence

silence
not here
in my life
living done full volume
loud

Thursday, 17 March 2011

time

time
time wasted
and completely gone
never ever to return
ageing

compressed

compressed
under pressure
world's weight bearing
back breaking, shoulders aching
crushed

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

goodbye

goodbye
furry friend
our brief friendship
is at an end
goodnight

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

sulk

sulk
egocentric fugue
the world's centre?
just spin on it
baby

Monday, 14 March 2011

loser

loser
both ways
the worst place
pig in the middle
pressured

Sunday, 13 March 2011

release

release
let go
no more stress
the world will turn
unfazed

Saturday, 12 March 2011

baking

baking
sweet things
made by hand
to reach the heart
fully

Friday, 11 March 2011

sick

sick
had enough
I want health
and some sweet sunshine
now

if

if
then perhaps
or may be
we will never know
but.....

Thursday, 10 March 2011

perhaps

perhaps
one day
dreams will end
when reality takes over
life

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

sick

sick
poor body
convulsing and shaking
hate to be helpless
stop

Milf

Milf
haunting me
bright coloured dreams
a thousand imagined affairs
nothing

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

hypnotic

hypnotic
watch carefully
side to side
the rhythm catches me
ass

Monday, 7 March 2011

Ant

Ant
tiny hercules
a constant endeavour
for the greater good.
example?

Sunday, 6 March 2011

crazy

crazy
square peg
not quite normal
just stretching the limits
differently

Saturday, 5 March 2011

yesterday

yesterday
now gone
only memories remain
must look resolutely forward
hoping

tear

tear
gentle cleansing
emotional safety valve
washing away my memories
gradually

Thursday, 3 March 2011

meditate

meditate
seek within
find your centre
let the world pass
still

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

sing

sing
in celebration
or in pain
but always with abandon
freely

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

circles

circles
within circles
beginning we end
in ending we become
dizzy

diet

diet
I will
lose some weight
as soon as possible
now

snoring

snoring
insistent sound
rattling breath vibrates
no rest for me
sleepless

Monday, 28 February 2011

quality

quality
so hard
to teach literature
in this braindead society
usually

Sunday, 27 February 2011

lost

lost
my challenge
time too little
I lost the game
challenge

broken

broken
time done
no life left
on the scrap heap
recycled

Saturday, 26 February 2011

fear

fear
feeling threatened
a new situation
ignorance making heart race
faster


winter

winter
go away
freeze somewhere else
make way for spring
please

Friday, 25 February 2011

confused

confused
mixed up
can't really concentrate
the facts don't work
dizzy

blood

blood
under pressure
way to high
makes you tremble terribly
stroke

Thursday, 24 February 2011

hunger

hunger
empty feeling
anticipating food soon
inconvenience not permanent state
here

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

run

run
get away
perhaps run back
should the heart stay
trapped

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

hospital

hospital
healing place
with painful memories
not my favourite place
clinical

Monday, 21 February 2011

snot

snot
tubular congestion
bunged up feeling
like my head's exploding
fever


Sunday, 20 February 2011

company

company
good friends
support when needed
feeling valued and alive
smiling

bear

bear
no, no
played with puppets
in a kid's theatre
lovely

Saturday, 19 February 2011

free

free
broken chains
living for me
reaching for the moon
unfettered

gig

gig
first time
played for fans
what a great night
brilliant

Friday, 18 February 2011

trust

trust
shared treasure
that we earn
growing as we nurture
blossoming

someone

someone
will come
visit the flat
now it gets real
moving

Thursday, 17 February 2011

past

past
real happened
it's only reconstructed
to salve your conscience
smiling

packing

packing
my life
into big boxes
to start something new
great

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

tired

tired
as soon
as I lie
I fall asleep immediately
lately

wandering

wandering
aimless drifting
exploration without agenda
chancing upon enexpected treasure
serendipity

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

bath

bath
difficult decisions
big bubble bath
do we have enough
money

journey

journey
to happiness
hand in hand
in time and space
dreaming

Monday, 14 February 2011

Valentine

Valentine
be mine
love me tenderly
for now and never
love

love

love
may bloom
in tended gardens
but when fed poison
withers


Sunday, 13 February 2011

belief

belief
amazing minds
testing new limits
seeking meaning to life
exploring

demon

demon
I lost
my little demon
for a whole week
gone

Saturday, 12 February 2011

innocent

innocent
simply happy
as yet unburdened
enjoying a happy childhood
giggling

missing

missing
missing you
my loved one
with all my heart
always

Friday, 11 February 2011

betrayed

betrayed
lost hope
trust stripped away
an investment in nothing
devalued

11

11
10 months
filled with love
thank you so much
Tobi

Thursday, 10 February 2011

house

house
our place
a safe shelter
more than a place
home
I went to a printing workshop with my class and did this:
sorry, there is a mistake!!!!!

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

spider

spider
femme fatale
dark and mysterious
an appetite for love
finally

music III

music
my pleasure
emotions invertly burst
out of my heart
powerful

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

learning

learning
collecting knowledge
improving my chances
getting a head start
bright

music II

music
highest intensity
hard to explain
what I feel inside
listening

Monday, 7 February 2011

blog

blog
soul revealed
dreams laid open
my story, my fiction
recorded

music I

music
emotionally loaded
flows through me
softly filling my heart
feel

Sunday, 6 February 2011

weary

weary
energy nil
a hard day
doing nothing at all
hard

placebo

placebo
nancy boy
my sweet prince
battle for the sun
fan

Saturday, 5 February 2011

chasm

chasm
gaping space
impossible to cross
a leap of faith
hope

my

my
my man
works so hard
a dream comes true
home

Friday, 4 February 2011

wind

wind
earth's breath
knocking down trees
scouring clean the streets
blown

Thursday, 3 February 2011

boredom

boredom
much missed
these past days
wonder what it felt
like

nothing

nothing
empty day
just drifting about
chilling and enjoying it
peace

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

relax

relax
no work
time for leisure
or do it yourself
typical!

medication

medication
still ill
but getting better
by the passing second
nice

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

hamster

hamster
called Harry
makes us laugh
a ball of fur
cute

nose

nose
I want
a new nose
as soon as possible
please

Monday, 31 January 2011

shouting

shouting
raucous sound
in my ear
really hurting my head
shush




ill

ill
time wasted
with painful suffering
it totally utterly sucks
always

Sunday, 30 January 2011

competition

competition
writing challenge
my short story
sent to the judges
gulp!

aspirin

aspirin
kills pain
more, more, more
please help me sleep
comfort

Saturday, 29 January 2011

damp

damp
wet place
beneath the floor
a thousand drips meet
ocean



Friday, 28 January 2011

leak

leak
dripping pipe
kitchen floor wet
plumbers are so expensive
sigh

freezing

freezing
cool cold
cristal stars falling
chills down my spine
winter

Thursday, 27 January 2011

racing

racing
adrenaline pumping
nerves on edge
taking the wheel tentatively
electronically

wishing

wishing
hoping, waiting
for the impossible
to happen any minute
now

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

working

working
all day
earning a crust
to feed the children
slops

home

home
signed ill
time to recover
much needed I think
finally

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

stuck

stuck
totally imobilised
waiting for rescue
a chance to chill
quietly

sick

sick
soar throat
my head hurts
I lost my voice
cold

Monday, 24 January 2011

controlled

controlled
and remote
go, pause, sleep
stop but never play
repeat


listen

listen
I listen
I sometimes decide
I take new roads
life

Sunday, 23 January 2011

angels

angels
bring peace
and happy times
bring me good dreams
nightly



grades

grades
report cards
I hate them
but need to be
done

Saturday, 22 January 2011

stolen

stolen
rotten thieves
taking our fuel
the library can't run
today





birthday

birthday
birthday party
Tilman, Julian, Leela
all came to see
Mia

Friday, 21 January 2011

job

job
gainful employment
money gives Independence
provides some self respect
options

birth

birth
my life
you came unexpected
to brighten my world
truely

frustration

frustration
simple complexity
my head hurts
why can't people understand
me

Thursday, 20 January 2011

late

late
too late
most of times
it is my curse
usually

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

desired

desired
constantly wanted
within my heart
to fill a space
eternally

walls

walls
wall papers
more wall papers
to take off and
off

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

team

team
fantastic crowd
love them all
they float my boat
daily

Monday, 17 January 2011

empty

empty
nothing there
an empty mind
no wisdom to impart
today

Sunday, 16 January 2011

nibbled

nibbled
by fish
a weird sensation
the latest in treatment
tickled

kitchen

kitchen
well designed
beautiful and functional
brand new to use
mine

Saturday, 15 January 2011

drunk

drunk
over indulged
oh silly me
the wine was tempting
plentiful

sleep

sleep
I fall
as soon as
I hit the bed
asleep

Friday, 14 January 2011

cough

cough
death's ratle
or polite reminder
tickle in my throat
annoying

too

too
too much
too little sleep
too much to do
today

Thursday, 13 January 2011

dance

dance
free expression
make some shapes
release the inner spirit
boogie

night

night
I dream
about beautiful things
to experience and explore
tomorrow

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

critic

critic
honest opinion
a balanced view
struggling to be constructive
difficult

pipi

pipi
very wet
in her pants
but she will learn
soon :)

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

driven

driven
chauffeur service
point to point
children expect it now
daily

home

home
I feel
at home finally
no more searching ground
home

Monday, 10 January 2011

secrets

secrets
unspoken thoughts
hold such power
over past and future
decisions

work

work
so nice
to strip walls
in our own house
yes

Sunday, 9 January 2011

dinner

dinner
delicious food
and good company
some home grown entertainment
served

internet

internet
didn't work
no more Elfchen
I managed to post
sadly

Saturday, 8 January 2011

tempting

tempting
tasty bait
pulling me in
offering me the world
perhaps

exhaused

exhaused
sleepless nights
washing pipi panties
all day long and
again

Friday, 7 January 2011

refreshed

refreshed
new chance
a different angle
just going for it
now!!

books

books
I love
to read books
to create imaginary worlds
words

Thursday, 6 January 2011

treasured

treasured
remembered moments
with precious friends
held in my heart
always

work

work
so hard
to start again
vacations vanished into air
again

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

care

care
feels good
gives us hope
a reason to remain
hopeful

keys

keys
I hold
the key to
a heart and home
blessed

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

star

star
shining softly
and sometimes bright
let me guide you
tonight

poet

poet
unique perspective
the heart speaks
and touches the soul
lyrically

Monday, 3 January 2011

ambition

ambition
treasured hope
a secret target
just for my self
achieved

kindergarden

kindergarden
new world
to be explored
by my little one
now

Sunday, 2 January 2011

surprise

surprise
not known
what to come
what life will bring
tomorrow

resolution

resolution
soon broken
like most rules
using guidelines instead
hopefully

Saturday, 1 January 2011

party

party
sing star
interesting alcoholic drinks
celebrating the new year
2011

fresh

fresh
just born
full of hope
a new year begins
quietly