Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Elfje: Phoenix

Pyre ablaze
With flames of
Terror and hatred, spewing

Ashes smoulder
With passionate defiance
Birthing voice of dissent -

Veils ignite
Sparks of freedom,
Forgotten symphonies of rebellion

For Malala Yousufzai, who showed me that "kids" can make an impact on the society as well. My sister, I salute your courage, your resilience, your spunk to stand up against the Taliban and assert your right to education. I hope you rise and shine again, and continue to inspire lives.

This Elfje has been published at Simply Elfje.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Elfje: Inspiration Lost

Struck down
In inky battlegrounds -
Frantic searches for flighty

My first attempt at an Elfje, a form which originated in The Netherlands. The word Elfje means ‘Elven’ or ‘Fairy’ poem (from ‘Elf’ meaning ‘elven’ or ’fairy’ and the suffix ‘-je’ meaning ‘little’). The form consists of 11 words spread over 5 lines in the form 1-2-3-4-1.

This poem has also been put up at Simply Elfje