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BJ’s Shadorma & Beyond – Joseph’s Star – January 3, 2015

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Hello everyone!  Thank you for participating in last week’s challenge!  As always, it was fun to read your responses!

For this week Bastet and I would like to introduce a form called the Joseph’s Star.   The Joseph’s Star was created by Christina R. Jussaume. It is a non-rhyming 8-line poem with a syllable count of 1/3/5/7/7/5/3/1.  Each stanza is center-aligned so that the finished poem is diamond-shaped.

You may join as many stanzas as you wish.

Here is an example of a one-stanza Joseph’s Star:

night offers
ten thousand stories
and all heaven is smiling –
gather the stars as you will
into your own tale –
dream a bit –

Or – since this is “Shadorma and Beyond” – you may write a shadorma – or a combination of shadormas and Joseph’s Stars.  Again, the shadorma is a non-rhyming 6-line poem with a syllable count of 3/5/3/3/7/5.

The tree and stars photo is offered for your inspiration — or you may use whatever inspires you this week.

When you have written your Joseph’s Star, tag itMindLoveMisery’s Menagerie and BJ’s Shadorma and Beyond.  And don’t forget to add your link to Mister Linky.

Have Fun!


22 comments on “BJ’s Shadorma & Beyond – Joseph’s Star – January 3, 2015

  1. The Muscleheaded Blog
    January 3, 2015

    Interesting form, and a great verse !

    • J
      January 4, 2015

      Thanks! 🙂

      I don’t normally like concrete poetry very much — but the Joseph’s Star reminds me of the Lanturne — and the forms add structure and emphasis without being intrusive or phony. Fun to work with.

      Lanturne –http://www.shadowpoetry.com/resources/wip/lanturne.html

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  4. I don’t usually like syllable counting forms, but this one went well for me.

    • J
      January 4, 2015

      Glad you enjoyed it.

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  8. C.C.
    January 3, 2015

    Great form….visually, it is so lovely to look at and that just adds to the fun. Thanks for always providing so much awesome inspiration 🙂

    • J
      January 4, 2015

      So glad you enjoy it! It seems very much like a larger, longer Lanturne — and while I’m not crazy (generally) about concrete poetry forms, I agree with you — this one is a lot of fun. 🙂

      So glad you found it inspiring!

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  11. Tracesofthesoul
    January 4, 2015

    This seems easier than the Lanturne for some reason…more sylables to play with perhaps.I am afraid my sleepless painful night impacted my muse with a one track mind. I will try later this week to write something else with this form.

    • J
      January 4, 2015

      So sorry Oliana 😦
      Feel better today – and tonight – okay?

      • Tracesofthesoul
        January 4, 2015

        Took the day off work…slept through most of the day waking up to freezing rain …hydro out a few times…fingers crossed my area does not get hit..I don’t have a fireplace …gonna brave the sidewalks with my studs on my boots to get to the corner store/pharmacy.

      • J
        January 5, 2015

        Be very, very careful, even with those studs. Also hoping your area isn’t hit ..

      • Tracesofthesoul
        January 5, 2015

        I got home safely…walked real slow.

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