What is an “Elfchen”?
“Elfchen” is German and literally means “wee eleven”. “Elf” means eleven and the ending “-chen” behind a name or noun gives it a sense of being wee and endearing. An “Elfchen” is basically a short poem consisting of exactly 11 words in a specific format of words per line.
My friend Sonja from Berlin taught me Elfchen by example. Today I thought I would sit and write one too. I began by writing out the instructions. Row 1: one word Row 2: two words Row3: three words Row 4: four words and Row 5: one word. Then I took some gifted peacock feathers and began to write. It’s maybe not the best but it’s what came to mind. Most of all it was relaxing
To be still.
Heart on Sleeve
So much like Me
I have been invited by basildonkitchens aka Connie my cosmic twin to the Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge: “Post a photo each day for five consecutive days and attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem or a short paragraph and each day nominate another blogger for the challenge”. I discovered Connie’s beautiful blog when I was on wordpress and noticed right off the bat we had some things in common. I admire her talent for making gorgeous quilts, her love of the sea and of course Mr. Sock Monkey, he gets me every time. When I want to get away and look at beautiful things, I come visit Connie. She keeps herself busy with a photo a day challenge she faithfully participates in with fat mum slim.
Today I challenge my friend Vanessa who lives in Vermont with her darling children and husband and she teaches me so much by just sharing with me how she lives, what her heart she loves big. She too has proven to be a really great writer who has not written much lately on her beautiful blog.