Bastet’s Shadorma Photo Prompts

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© g.s. koch

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Hello World!

I’m Bastet and I’m here to stimulate your muse, if I can!

I’m hosting the Shadorma prompts and I’m inviting you to take a whirl with this, new to me, form of poetry said to have been born in Spain which I consider to be a European form of haiku.

Of course, haiku is a very particular poetic form.  The Japanese tend to name their poetry not by the actual physical form, but by  content.  So, a senryu is a 5-7-5 “onji” (for us syllable count) form a poem that talks about the mundane aspects of the world…the haiku, depending on what school you’re following, either talks about nature or spiritual aspects of life.  The actual writing form  called a katauta is composed of either of 17 or 19 onji.  The tanka, choka, sedoka and so on, are all formed in this way, with a couple of variations… for more info about waka  (Japanese poetry) follow the link.

The Western poetical world does not define it’s poetry forms by subjects.  The various forms are physical styles of poetry based in metrics and/or/and maybe no rhyming patterns.

The shadorma is purported to be  Spanish, though it’s difficult (if not impossible) to find any reference to it in poetry handbooks, Spanish or otherwise.    It could very well be a modern form of poetry created by an unsung poet!  Fact is though,  many modern poets are now trying their hand with the form…and so are we!

It’s composed of six non-rhyming lines (sestina or sextet) and the syllable pattern is 3-5-3-3-7-5.  It can have as many stanzas as you like, just as long as each stanza follows the syllable pattern mentioned above (I’ve written an example shadorma and numbered my syllables to show how it’s done for you newbies to poetry).

Just take a look at the photo…and let it speak to your muse…I’m curious to read your shadorma!

Once you’ve written your post tag:  Shadorma and Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie, then put your info onto the Mr. Linky app!  If you ping me back, I’ll be able to read your post asap…That’s all there is to it!

See you next week and have fun!  Bastet!


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