BJ’s Shadorma & Beyond – October 18, 2014

Hello Everybody!

Do I have some news for you!

The other day Yves and I were chatting  wondering how best to serve you.  We came up with this great idea: expand the Shadorma prompt to other poetry forms (except of course  for haiku and tanka).

Of course, you probably say, well what’s new in that since we’ve already encountered the elfje, brevette, tyburn, tilus and acrostic (etc) … well the difference is this:  we’ll be adding a new form every week, and not necessarily a “little one”.  That means we’ll introduce anything from the  ABC Poem to a  Zejel.

Of course as we’re the only blog (that I know of) that has a regular Shadorma prompt we certainly aren’t abandoning the Shadorma … but you will have the choice of:

1) writing your poem in the weekly featured form,

2) mixing the introduced from with the Shadorma,

3) write a poem using just the Shadorma …

or as usual the freedom to use our photo prompts writing what you wish.

You may be asking why I keep using the second person plural … and what does that BJ mean … well this is the second great bit of news … writing with me will be Jen from Blog it or Lose it!

Jen is a fantastically prolific writer … she writes everything from prose to that epic wonder the fornyrðislag, passing through haiku, haibun and haiga along the way (and yes … she takes some fantastic photos and loves to play with them — a maid after me own heart!).  You can read one of her interesting prompts this week in Carpe Diem Haiku Kai where she was Ghost Writer  (go to the link).

For the moment we will be alternating our weekly appearance until we can figure out a better way to present the prompts … and just to add a cherry to the sundae …  as soon as we can figure the best way to do so, we will be adding a reference page of all the forms we’ve encountered and used here on the poetry prompt … updated with links to the posts.

Enough … now this week’s photo prompt:

Wordless Haiku

This week’s photo prompt is a wordless haiku which I posted a couple of weeks ago – so it tells a story but I’m hoping you will write a new one for me in Shadorma or with another “little one” the Pleiades.

A Pleiades is another one of the relatively new short poetry forms invented in 1999 by Craig Tigerman.  It’s rather simple to write .. writing it well may not be so simple though.  It’s a 7 line poem (like the stars in the famous Pleiades star Cluster in the Constellation of Taurus) – each line has 6 syllables and begins with the same letter.  Here’s my example:

The Cat

Autumn in the valley
Auburn leaves had fallen
Ambling I saw a house
Abandoned near the trail …
Alone and quite serene
A cat spied me – it yawned
And showed me her rosy tongue!

(c) G.s.k. ’14

For more information about the Pleiades go to Shadow Poetry which has another example and more background info and you can go and look at another examples on my personal blog Bastet and Sekhmet’s Library:  Walking.


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 your poems so be patient and let the photo inspire you!  Or use your own photograph or art work!

Once you’ve written your post please tagBJ’s Shadorma & Beyond  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!

See you next week and have fun!  Bastet!


  1. […] Posted on October 18, 2014 by Bastet Marduk’s Lament Moonbeams fell that night and Magically lit the path, Marriage he’d propose, since Mad in love was he … but Mary had gone away Meaning ne’er to return … Marduk said morosely: “Mysterious is love!” (That poor sod – His heart was destroyed! Overcome And Depressed … Until he saw young Sybil Walking on the beach …) (c) G.s.k. ’14 Written for Mindlovesmisery’s Menagerie – BJ’s Shadorma & Beyond […]


  2. Reblogged this on Blog It or Lose It! and commented:

    Introducing … BJ’s Shadorma and Beyond! I’m very grateful to Yves and Georgia at MindLoveMisery’s Menagerie for welcoming me on board. At some point I’ll be co-hosting this prompt. Since this is (most likely) the only shadorma prompt site the shadorma will still feature prominently – but new poetic forms will be introduced alongside the shadorma.


  3. Hi there! Thank you for the glowing welcome and the positive words — this means a lot. I’m very excited about this — can hardly wait to see everybody’s responses 🙂


  4. I love the Seven Sisters. I can see them blinking in late summer and early autumn from the back of my house (I think the south west sky later in the evening). When I use stronger magnification I can actually see the shooting stars. And I know I’ve written about them before…

    I’m running some errands this morning. But I will be back. Thanks for, well just everything. The information, the learning, the friendship and community. I rarely am at a loss for words; I am just very grateful for the support of everyone at this Menagerie!


    • Thank you so very much Jules for such a lovely comment, I think I can speak for all of us when I say that it’s wonderful to have met such a fantastic person like you whom we can call friend. A huge hug! Georgia


    • Ah and so I read .. dear me .. do I remember trying to get walnut stains off my hands … what a mess .. you did a fantastic post Jules, thanks for dropping by!


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