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Bastet’s Shadorma Prompt – August 2, 2014

Hello Everyone!

I thought I’d open this prompt with a thank you to Carpe Diem haiku Kai for the wonderful shadorma post the administrator of that blog put up mentioning our efforts here at Mindlovesmisery’s Menagerie … Thanks Chèvrefeuille!

So … looking through my archives to see what can excite your muse I’ve found this photo:


For you first timers,  a shadorma is 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 .  You have a week to create you poems so be patient and let the photo inspire you!  Or use your own photograph or art work.

But I’d also like to remind you of the elfje: 

The Elfje form originated in The Netherlands where it is used to teach young children to write poetry. The word Elfje means ‘Elven’ or ‘Fairy’ poem (from ‘Elf’ meaning ‘elven’ or ‘fairy’ and the suffix ‘-je’ meaning ‘little’). The form consists of 11 words spread over 5 lines.

How to Write Elfje:

An ‘Elfje’ counts as five sentences.
Line 1. One word. This word symbolizes a colour or feature. The word symbolizes the atmosphere.

Line 2. Two words. These are something or someone with this colour or feature.

Line 3. Three words. Giving more information about the person or the object. You describe where the person or the object is, who the person or what the object is, or what the person or object is doing. This sentence usually starts with the word ‘he’, ‘she’ or ‘it.’

Line 4. Four words. Here you are writing something about yourself in relation to the person or the object. This sentence is your conclusion.

Line 5. One word. This word is called the ‘Bomb.’ It is the essence of the poem.

From:  Simply Elfjie

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 because I will be notified that you’ve written the post (not so with Mr. Linky)…That’s all there is to it!

Thanks for dropping by – Bastet.



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I love to read...I like to write...I've travelled the world and seen the sites. I'm past my prime and feel so young, especially when near the young. I'm writing this blog, to remember, to think and to share...with the hopes that someone else will make a comment that will stimulate new thoughts and pathways. Actually, I'm a gabber, so the logical extension of gabbing is blogging! ;-)

12 comments on “Bastet’s Shadorma Prompt – August 2, 2014

  1. Blog It Or Lose It
    August 3, 2014

    Really loving the photo – the spot of color – it’s quite striking. 🙂

    • Bastet
      August 3, 2014

      Glad you liked it … like doing the b/w photos with spot of color … that’s a guy on a bicycle btw. : -)

      • Blog It Or Lose It
        August 3, 2014

        I think PicMonkey has a feature to do that — but I haven’t tinkered with it successfully yet. In time perhaps….!

      • Bastet
        August 3, 2014

        Now that could be cool … I’ll look into once i’m settled in again.

      • Blog It Or Lose It
        August 3, 2014


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  4. Tracesofthesoul
    August 4, 2014

    I am back, cara!! great prompt!

    • Bastet
      August 4, 2014

      Thanks! Glad to see ya again.

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    • Bastet
      August 7, 2014

      Lovely shadorma and love how you worked an acrostic into it!

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