Melancholy Elfje – July 14, 2015

The Lady of Shalott

The Lady of Shalott

midnight blue
that moon-less night
the couple embraced – passionately

sultry nights
sleepless and dreamless
memories of lost loves

black and white
looking at photos
from her distant youth

purple velvet
wrapped in disillusion
her falling autumn leaves

© G.s.k. ‘15

This is an elfje:

Line 1: One word
Color or feature – the atmosphere of the poem;

Line 2: Two words
Something or someone with the color/feature in line one;

Line 3: Three words
More information about the person/ object in line two;

Line 4: Four words
The poet in relation to the object in line two – a conclusion, of sorts;

Line 5: One word
The “bomb” or “essence” of the poem

**You may write in either 1-2-3-4-1 syllables
or 1-2-3-4-1 words.

The above prompt was found at  and written for:  B&P’s Shadorma & Beyond – Elfje

24 thoughts on “Melancholy Elfje – July 14, 2015

      • Yes — that horrible feeling — being “half sick of shadows” and breaking — and the mirror cracks.

        Ever hear the Loreena McKennitt interpretation? The album version is better but …. well … it’s 11 minutes!


          • Oh yes … and that poor wee lass … I really thought those soldiers were the most dastardly sorts and she was so brave … then he ups and gets himself killed … a lovely ballad!

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          • So romantic too …. and sensual … “As the black cascade of perfume came tumbling over his breast; And he kissed its waves in the moonlight, Oh, sweet, black waves in the moonlight!”



          • Thanks Jen … it’s been the dickens trying to write … just so very hot, so I’m so happy that you enjoyed what little I’ve been able to come up with … 🙂

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  1. It’s very beautiful indeed. And I have the “poster print” on my bedroom wall. Gosh, I’ve only been gone a few days and WP has elected to change how the Reader works, adding to my cumulative “life stress”. Dell, here….summering at a new blog.


  2. An absolutely stunning poem – really captures an essence of love – longing, loss – the entire sense of being, loneliness, lingering and haunting memories. Well done 🙂


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