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BJ’s Shadorma and Beyond – November 22, 2014

Hello everyone!

Congratulations on all of your hard work last week – the cavatina is a challenging form – but whether you wrote cavatinas or shadormas the results were fantastic!

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For this week, as always, you may choose to write a shadorma.  This is a non-rhyming six-line poem with a syllable count of 3/5/3/3/7/5.

Or, you may try this week’s featured form – the cherita – which is also powerful in its simplicity.

A cherita is a six-line poem that tells a complete story.  It was created in 1997 by American poet Ai Li.  The name comes from Malay and means “story” or “tale”.

The cherita has three stanzas.  The first stanza has one line; the second stanza has two lines, and third stanza has three lines.  There is no specific rhyme or meter.  A cherita may be written by three poets working on one stanza each or it may be written by one solo poet.

To read more cheritas, visit http://larrykimmel.tripod.com/cherita.htm.

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Here is a cherita I wrote upon learning that classmate from primary school had died – and died young.  She was a mysterious person – aloof – living in her grandmother’s creaky old house.  The kids on my school bus always fell silent when we stopped at “Jackie’s” house.

concealed in the underbrush

jackie’s house was a temple
to memories six-presidents-old –

when the wind stirs the spirits
each floorboard crackles:
“jackie died today” –

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What to write about?  Well, since Thanksgiving is approaching here in the United States, you may want to consider “Thanksgivings past” and family memories.   Or, you may want to share a story about the kids you went to school with – like “Jackie”.  Or, you may choose to weave a story about this (moody) photo.  It’s up to you!

10 16 2014 shadowy sidewalk fence at CASHS (2)

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Have fun!
Jen

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24 comments on “BJ’s Shadorma and Beyond – November 22, 2014

  1. Bastet
    November 22, 2014

    Reblogged this on Bastet and Sekhmet's Library and commented:

    Bj’s Shadorma and Beyond is up to challenge everyone with a new form …

  2. georgeplace2013
    November 22, 2014

    I like this form!

    • J
      November 23, 2014

      So glad! 😀
      Simple, but rewarding.

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  4. J
    November 23, 2014

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

    A cherita is a six-line poem that tells a complete story. It was created in 1997 by American poet Ai Li. The name comes from Malay and means “story” or “tale”.

    The cherita has three stanzas. The first stanza has one line; the second stanza has two lines, and third stanza has three lines. There is no specific rhyme or meter. A cherita may be written by three poets working on one stanza each or it may be written by one solo poet.

    OR — the shadorma — six non-rhyming lines in 3/5/3/3/7/5.

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  6. C.C.
    November 23, 2014

    I hope you don’t mind that I didn’t use the photo or the “Thankgivings past/family memories/school kids” prompt ideas—I just used the cherita prompt to write about something that I am extremely thankful for 🙂

    • J
      November 23, 2014

      Don’t mind at all 😀

  7. julespaige
    November 23, 2014

    Could be; but we’re not in Kansas anymore…(not in Oz either)

    https://juleslongerstrandsofgems.wordpress.com/2014/11/22/11-22-there-is-no-place-like-home-mlm-prompt/

    And it’s been a long day… good night. See you on the flip side 🙂

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  10. Tracesofthesoul
    November 23, 2014

    I’m really enjoying this form!

    • J
      November 24, 2014

      I’ll say — three of them! But that is *awesome* stuff — that you’re inspired to write. So thanks — and pat your muses on the back for me, okay? 😉

      So glad you like it. 😀

      • Tracesofthesoul
        November 24, 2014

        Mom would ask, is that your best deal?? What if I buy two? Drone… I used to melt into the floor as a teen. I wrote about 6 or 7

      • J
        November 24, 2014

        I would have been so embarrassed!
        Moms. Humph! 😉

      • Tracesofthesoul
        November 24, 2014

        I never shared the story of her strip tease in the dining room to our neighbour a few months before my parents divorced…dear Lord!

      • J
        November 24, 2014

        :-O

        Wow —-

      • Tracesofthesoul
        November 24, 2014

        and this is why my sister and I were prudes for a long time

      • Tracesofthesoul
        November 24, 2014

        Loved it I did about 6 total

      • J
        November 24, 2014

        Wow…. Off to check them out 😀

  11. Paislee Blu
    November 23, 2014

    WOW, I just received the link to your blog from my new friend at Traces of the Soul–you have riches spilling over here! I’m somewhat familiar with shadorma, and now eager to try the cherita form.

    • J
      November 24, 2014

      It’ll be great to see what you come up with! 😀

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