Fall Maiden – A Sonett, Ekphrastic Challenge, January 19

Kerfe Roig – Second Autumn

The flowing tresses of auburn man bind
Follow drawn by every curvy sashay
Swift bubbly laughter sings love in their mind
Among leaves twirling she dances away

Smile drawing the hunting merry wild chase
Darting vision of fall forest beauty
Feet leaping lightly through swaying trunk maze
Further into skin on skin, touch frenzy

Green dusted with gold secret yearning hold
Unlock with a honest champion heart
Requires her suitors to be fiery bold
Adore her, love her, never be apart

Deep in the woods on a bed of soft straw
Men worship her season with spellbound awe

©RedCat

Edit August 19th 2021

Read at Open Link Night 298 – August live edition at dVerse.

Inspired by Kerfe’s artwork and the Swedish folkloric creature the Skogrså (or Huldra), who lures unawares men into the woods. She has a male counterpart drowning women and children – Näcken, who appeared either as an enticing fiddler or a beautiful horse.

I actually remember being warned of the Näcken as a young child and hearing about the Huldra. The cautionary elements of both beings – don’t get lost in the endless woods, and don’t bathe in unknown waters – still ran strong in the countryside in the 1980’s.


Gunnar Creutz (Achird), CC BY-SA 3.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Been wanting to write a sonnet for a while but haven’t found the right inspiration. Today I did thanks to falling deeply Kerfe’s artwork.

See all artwork and read all poems for today at The Wombwell Rainbow.


Theodor Kittelsen, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Kerfe Roig

A resident of New York City, Kerfe Roig enjoys transforming words and images into something new.  Her poetry and art have been featured online by Right Hand PointingSilver Birch PressYellow Chair ReviewThe song is…Pure HaikuVisual VerseThe Light EkphrasticScribe BaseThe Zen Space, and The Wild Word, and published in Ella@100Incandescent MindPea River JournalFiction International: Fool, Noctua Review, The Raw Art Review, and several Nature Inspired anthologies. Follow her explorations on her blogs, https://methodtwomadness.wordpress.com/  (which she does with her friend Nina), and https://kblog.blog/, and see more of her work on her website http://kerferoig.com/
Ernst Josephson, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

16 thoughts on “Fall Maiden – A Sonett, Ekphrastic Challenge, January 19

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  1. Wonderful! I love the haunting lyricism of this poem and how you have infused folklore into your words. I also love that these myths were still very much alive when you were a child – which shows they serve a practical purpose!

  2. Sadly, my audio went spotty on me last night while you read, so I’m very happy to have the opportunity to read this outstanding sonneteriffic work here, this morning. Thanks!

  3. So incredibly stunning! I especially love; “Green dusted with gold secret yearning hold/Unlock with a honest champion heart/Requires her suitors to be fiery bold/Adore her, love her, never be apart.”💝💝

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