the edge of the storm – 

sylphs and their fury 
drawn in sharp lines

Boris Kustodiev. Horses in the Storm, 1918. WikiArt.

Boris Kustodiev. Horses in the Storm, 1918. WikiArt.

Linked to Carpe Diem #611:  Sylph. 

Sylphs are female spirits who look like angels or fairies and reside – and have power – in the wind and the air:

“Their activities are manifest in the gatherings of clouds, in the blowing of the wind, the downpour of rain and the formation of snow. They are also responsible for the growth and maturity of all the plant life we see around us.”  [Source]

Since I chatter about “the muses” with my blogging friends on a regular basis (!) I found this pretty interesting:

“It has been suggested that the Muses of Greek mythology were Sylphs who had assumed human form in order to guide humans on a spiritual path. They are associated with the activity of the mind and can influence and inspire human actions. It is generally though that they are attracted to poets and artists and instill them with visions of spiritual beauty.”  [Source]

Augustine Pajou. Calliope.  National Gallery of Art.  BIOLI

Augustine Pajou. Calliope.

The name “sylph” comes from Greek (“silphe”) which means “butterfly” or “moth”.  

Here is our host’s haiku, inspired by sylphs:

whispering through leaves
the sweet sound of the spirits of the wind –
butterflies dance

© Chèvrefeuille

John Atkinson Grimshaw.  Sprit of the Night, 1879.  Wikipaintings.

John Atkinson Grimshaw. Wikipaintings.


22 thoughts on “The Edge of the Storm (Haiku)

  1. So, does this mean that stormy weather can be bribed with some kind of chocolate, too? Here’s hoping..

    The border between a storm and the surrounding calm always makes for a dramatic scene – I like the idea that that’s where the sylphs show their furious faces 🙂


    • Glad you liked it Dom 🙂

      The elementals are so interesting …. And learned along the way that the salamander represented fire. Then recently read Fahrenheit 451 for the first time — and salamanders were on the firemen’s gear.

      I liked thinking about cranky sylphs here ….!


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