W3 Prompt #54: Wea’ve Written Weekly


Dear friends,

Welcome to our W3 Poetry Prompt, which goes live on Wednesdays at The Skeptic’s Kaddish.

You may click here for a fuller explanation of W3; but here’s the ‘tldr’ version:

Part I

The main ingredient of W3 is a weekly poem written by a Poet of the Week (PoW), which participants read before participating in the prompt.

Part II

The second ingredient is a writing guideline (or two) provided by the PoW. Guidelines may include, but are not limited to: word counts, poetic forms, inclusion of specific words, and use of particular poetic devices.

Part III

After five days, when the prompt closes, the PoW shall select one participant’s poem as the W3 prompt for the following week, and its author becomes the next PoW.

Simple enough, right?

Okie dokie ~ Let’s do this thing!

I. The prompt poem:

‘Narcissi- How I love them’, a poem by Sadje

Delicate beauty
Often underrated
I love it’s fragrance
Takes me back to my childhood
For every year near my birthday
I’d see bouquets of narcissi on the
Flower stands, in hand of vendors
Offering them to passersby cheap
Just one whiff of it’s intoxicating scent
And I’m ready to open my wallet
Narcissi, adorning my living room
For weeks till I’m ready to replace
The old bouquet with a fresh one

II. Sadje’s prompt guidelines

  • Write an ‘elfchen’ poem;
  • Extra challenge: write a second elfchen poem, which opposes the first one.

Elfchen poetic form

An elevenie (German: elfchen) is a short poem with a given pattern. It contains eleven words which are arranged in a specified order over five rows. Each row has a requirement that can vary.

The typical structure of an elfchen is as follows:

11A thought, an object, a color, a smell or the like
22What does the word from the first row do?
33Where or how is the word of row 1?
44What do you mean?
51Conclusion: What is the outcome?

For some examples, click HERE.

III. Submit: Click on ‘Mr. Linky’ below

In order to participate and share a poem, open up this blog post, outside of the WordPress reader. At the bottom, just below these words, you will see a small rectangular graphic with the words ‘Mr Linky’. Click on that to submit.

Submissions are open for 5 days, until Monday, May 15, 10:00 AM (GMT+3)

Last week’s W3 poem

This week’s W3 prompt poem (above), composed by Sadje, was written in response to last week’s W3 prompt poem, which Brandon Ellrich wrote:

‘Summertime’, an acrostic poem by Brandon Ellrich

Skin is sensing the scintillating sizzle of summer sun,
Under the umbrella of undulating nebulas above.
Meandering mothers mooing in meadows amid this,
Magnificent Missouri morning.
Even the ever-engaging Earth emits its energy, I,
Remain relaxed in rare respite.
Troubles take time to tarry,
If I invoke the eidolon ideal,
Master of motionless measure,
Ending in the easy ebony evening.

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