Bastet’s Shadorma and “Little Ones” Photo Prompt


This week I thought I’d add a new aspect to the classical shadorma post.  In fact I’ll be introducing a new poetry form each week to add to or use in place of the shadorma.

This week’s little one,  a form of brief poetry, will be the minute poem.

The Minute Poem is rhyming verse form consisting of 12 lines of 60 syllables. The poem is formatted into 3 stanzas of 8,4,4,4; 8,4,4,4; 8,4,4,4 syllables. The rhyme scheme is as follows: aabb, ccdd, eeff …



Green and lush is the sleeping land
Please hold my hand
Let us see life
I’ll be your wife.

Silent scene of serenity

Calls unto us
The garden’s lush.

What is the price of happiness?
A wilderness,
Just two not more
So close the door.

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.

The Garden

Ah! Look here …
Where the chickens live.
Their clucking
Brings back to my weary mind

The summers of youth.

In the meantime, if you have a little one that you’d like to tell me about, I’d be happy to read about it and use it in a future prompt.

Once you’ve written your poem, put your link on Mr. Linky and be sure to tag … Mindlovesmisery’s Menagerie and Shadorma!

Ciao, Bastet!


  1. Did I tell you how much I love this photo?!? It’s so sweet.
    Great idea to mix up the poem forms — the minute poem is one I haven’t tried in a very long time. It’ll be fun – and challenging! — to go back to rhyming poetry again!
    All the best to you —


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