Winter retreats.
Through the darkness
new growth bursts announcing
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Based on the Dutch 11 word Elfje.
Here’s another:
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yellow buds,
heralds of Spring.
Blazing trumpets sound unheard.

A big thank you to Jules who blogs here for introducing me to this form. I have some way to go yet to emulate her wonderful Elfje poems.


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. JulesPaige
    Mar 26, 2012 @ 15:21:26

    I first learned of the Elfje form from Catherine Van Vliet-Saivers at
    http://writingourwayhome.ning.com/profile/CatherinevanVlietSaivres?xg_source=activity (I haven’t quite figured out how to make that smaller…)
    And there are other rules for the Elfje I just adapted the form to what I knew, before I knew the rules, so that’s why I always put that my contributions are based on the Elfje form that Teri looked up on the internet: An ‘Elfje’ is an poem of eleven words.

    An ‘Elfje’ counts five sentences.
    1. The first sentence counts one word.
    This word symbolizes a color or feature. The word symbolizes the
    2. The second sentence counts two words.
    These two words are something or someone with this color or feature.
    Sometimes it is an object of a person.
    3. The third sentence counts three words.
    These words give more information about the person or the object. You
    describe where the person or the object is or who the person or what the
    object is or what the person or object is doing.
    This sentence starts with the word ‘he or she ‘or ‘it.’
    4. The fourth sentence counts four words.
    Here you are writing something about yorself in relation to the person of the
    object. This sentence is your conclusion.
    5. The fifth sentence counts one word.
    This word is called the ‘bomb.’ This word tells the essence of the poem.

    I think Libby’s are a great addition. I am happy to both have learned something new as well as passed on this information. Cheers!


    • Libby
      Mar 26, 2012 @ 19:38:40

      I had looked up these rules too so thank you for posting them here. They are rather rigid and ‘bending’ them as you do makes for a better poem – this is what I have tried to follow.


  2. Freya Pickard
    Mar 27, 2012 @ 11:05:22

    Excellent! I love this form though I have yet to try it…


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