Elf Songs

I stand alone
Beside the sea.
I watch the winds
Who follow me.

Stars are silent
In my heart,
And the whole world
Stands apart.

I sing softly
To myself,
Humming elf songs
From the shelf.

People glance at
Me and frown,
Puzzled, frightened.
I look down.

People pass me
By and they
Cannot grasp me
Look away.

Sometimes someone
Looks at me and
Wonders, waits.

Sometimes I hold
Out my hand,
With myself
Inside it and

Hope somebody
Saying this is
Who I am.

Very rarely
Someone sees me,
And I barely
Feel it frees me.

They perceive the
Hopes I haunt.
They believe the
Worlds I want.

Warily I
Squint and smile.
Someone loves me
For awhile.

Then they see the
Things in me
Who I beguile,

And they tire of
How I grieve,
Lost like madness,
And they leave.

I sing softly
By myself,
Placing pledges
On the shelf.

Putting promises
People say them.
They don’t stay.

Watch the sky
Grow bright and blue.
I don’t want to
Frighten you.

Watch the worlds
Whisk words away.
Don’t believe
The things you say.

I grow guarded —
Build a wall
Of smiles and irony.
I fall

Friendless, free
Into the far
And foreign sea
Of who you are.
And watch a star.

– Written by Anna Williams at age 21

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Anna Vera Williams is a poet, a photographer, a blogger, and a webmaster. She is the webmaster of Poems, Poets, & Poetry, which provides poetry resources and allows other poets to showcase their work. Her photographs can be found at Anna Vera's Photography, and her books and photos can be purchased at Lulu.com.

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2 Responses to “Elf Songs”

  1. Anna Says:

    Thank you! I hoped that one would be kind of universal…

  2. writerwoman Says:

    They perceive the
    Hopes I haunt.

    What a beautiful line! It has a certain resonance to it, an echo, as they see you and that reflects back onto you.

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