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BJ’s Shadorma & Beyond – Clarity Pyramid – January 17, 2015

Vsevolod Maksymovych.  Feast, 1914. WikiArt.

Vsevolod Maksymovych. Feast, 1914. WikiArt.

Hello everyone!  Welcome to BJ’s Shadorma and Beyond!

This week as always, you have the choice to write a shadorma (a non-rhyming, six-line poem in 3/5/3/3/7/5 syllables) – or this time you may try a Clarity Pyramid

The Clarity Pyramid was created by Jerry P. Quin.   Here is a sample written by Marie Summers, © 2002. [Source:  Shadow Poetry.]


childhood memory
coated in bright layers
with a daisy border dream

“milky morsels plucked from rainbows”



Here is a brief explanation.


*  The Clarity Pyramid has seven lines.

*  The first line has one syllable, the second line has two syllables, the third line has three syllables … etc., on to the eighth line which has eight syllables.

*  The poem has three stanzas (or paragraphs):  three lines, then three lines, then one line.  (A set of three lines in poetry is called a triplet.)

Formatting:  The Clarity Pyramid is center-aligned (so as to look sort of like a pyramid).  Make your first line bold, in capital letters.  Put your final line in quotation marks.   The title of your poem is your first line – that one-syllable word.


*  The first line is the subject or focus of your poem; the second and third lines are either synonyms for the title or they help clarify the subject.   (In Marie’s poem, “paint”, with its synonyms, “pigment” and “colorings”.)

*  The second stanza is a life event centered around the first stanza.  (The paint in a special room from Marie’s childhood.)

*  The last line redefines the first line.  (Marie redefines “paint” as “”milky morsels plucked from rainbows”.)

Let the “Feast” painting or the example Clarity Pyramid inspire you!

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Have fun, and thanks for joining this prompt!


15 comments on “BJ’s Shadorma & Beyond – Clarity Pyramid – January 17, 2015

  1. C.C.
    January 17, 2015

    Wow, this sounds really challenging!! Thanks for all the great prompts 🙂

    • Jen
      January 17, 2015

      Glad you like it! Very challenging — but — it’s quite different — another “concrete” form — and one you don’t hear about too often. Will be neat to see what you come up with 😀

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  4. ladyleemanila
    January 17, 2015

    I enjoyed this challenge, sorry I couldn’t make it centre-aligned.

    • Jen
      January 17, 2015

      So glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

  5. Cressida de Nova
    January 18, 2015

    Love this. Bring on the forms…more challenging the better and thank you for a
    clear explanation.

    • Jen
      January 18, 2015

      Oh, thank you Cressida! For the longest time I had doubts about this one. So glad you liked it!

      But … be careful in asking for “more challenging the better” … I could send some fornyrdislag your day. (No, don’t worry — I won’t!)

      All the best to you —

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  9. Jen
    January 20, 2015

    NOTE: You’ll see seven-line and eight-line versions of Clarity Pyramids here – because I inadvertently called it an 8-line poem. IT’s not — it’s seven lines. I am so sorry!

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