3 Elfchen Poems

luminous grey
sun behind clouds
dove feather soft ones

one strand
warm against skin
essence of feminine grace

one word
nestled in pocket
yet larger than life


NOTE: An Elfchen poem (German: Elf = eleven, chen = diminutive) is a short poem with a fixed pattern. It contains eleven words which are arranged in a specific order over five rows (1-2-3-4-1 words, respectively). The first word is the topic and the final word is often a commentary or a summary word.

caitlin gemmell
Caitlin Gemmell is a poet who dreams of becoming a fairy godmother. She lives in a woodland in upstate New York where she communes with wildlife and tends her Emily Bronte roses. Caitlin's poetry has been published by Querencia Press, Capsule Stories, Rue Scribe and is forthcoming in Bella Grace magazine. She writes Musings of a Selkie Witch on Substack and is on Instagram @caitlin.gemmell and @icapturethestory.

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