4 am, crystal clear, she’s a girl who’s worth knowing,
We’re all lost in a maze but she knows where she’s going.
She’s an ember in time, man, like a queen of the moment,
A light in the sky but without the atonement.
Yet there’s a mark in her name that says she’s okay,
But sometimes, you know, I mean, what can you say?
Sometimes you’re lost but rarely you’re found,
And you come back wet though you never drowned,
And she’ll never give it thought, she’ll say she doesn’t know,
If you should ask her “Hey, where the hell do I go?”
Still, she makes me smile in the hours before light,
I’m laughing with sparkles igniting the night.
4:15, it’s come close, she’s the only one glowing,
And I know in this maze she’ll find where she’s going.
Ellz’s Four Fifteen is a short poem with a simple structure, but it’s still emotional, intimate and sensitive. With its enigmatic title, suggesting this poem relates to early-morning reflections and thoughts, the unfussy, understated rhyming couplets have a simple rhythm, with each line flowing into the next – evocative of song lyrics. The subject matter is one that has been addressed by countless poets throughout history: ‘a girl who’s worth knowing’, but it’s obvious that this poem is as unique and personal as the relationship it describes.
Ellz’s lines sparkle; they’re full of light, interspersed with the strong recurring image of being lost, as the author declares: We’re all lost in a maze but she knows where she’s going.
Four Fifteen isn’t just about a girl; it’s also about trying to find yourself and your way in life, an often daunting and seemingly impossible task. Especially when you’re young. DJ